Britain’s wealthiest people are richer than they have ever been, with a combined fortune of ₤518.9bil (RM2.8tril) – equivalent to a third of the nation’s gross domestic product.
The Sunday Times Rich List for 2014 shows that the 1,000 richest men and women in the UK have surged to new heights, with their combined wealth rising by 15.4 % on last year’s total of ₤449.6bil. They include TV chef Jamie Oliver, former Tesco supermarket boss Terry Leahy and, in the under-30s list, Harry Potter star Emma Watson.
“I’ve never seen such a phenomenal rise in personal wealth as the growth in the fortunes of Britain’s 1,000 richest people over the past year,” said Philip Beresford, who has compiled the list since 1989. “The richest people in Britain have never had it so good,” he told Reuters. “The challenge now for the government and the rich themselves is to see this wealth percolate downwards and outwards, out of London and towards the north and west of the country.”