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The Sunday Times Rich List makes for fascinating reading and reveals the wealthiest people among us in Kent.

Some of the names that appear however are more well-known than others.

Chelsea Football Club's owner features at 12th in the list, sitting on a £10.156bn fortune from his business interests in oil and industry.

Sir Elton John is also among Britain's richest, with his £360m music empire putting him at 363rd in the rankings.

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The Queen's position on the list always stirs popular interest ever since she was ranked the wealthiest person Britain in the first year of the Rich List in 1989.

However, throughout the decades her wealth has been eclipsed by hundreds of millionaires and billionaires, with their fortunes coming from a range of sources such as technology, finance and pharmaceuticals.

She now sits at 372nd with a fortune of £350m, dropping from her ranking of 356th in 2019.

The richest person in Britain is Sir James Dyson, who has climbed to first place from his ranking of 5th in 2019.

The vacuum cleaner mogul has amassed a portfolio of £16.2bn, £3.6bn more than in the previous year.

The Rich List features the 1,000 wealthiest people or families who live in the UK, ranked by net wealth. Updated every April since 1989, it can include non British citizens who primarily live or work here. Wealth is estimated by the editors of the list, based on values in January.

They say: "We measure identifiable wealth, whether land, property, racehorses, art or significant shares in publicly quoted companies. We exclude bank accounts to which we have no access. We try to give due consideration to liabilities."

Read on to find out who in Kent made the list in 2020.

Keith Richards

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the back of a car leaving Wormwood Scrubs prison, West London, where they were being held on drugs charges, after being released on £7,000 bail each

2020 Ranking: 481

2019 Ranking: 478

Net worth: £270m

The Dartford-born Rolling Stones' guitarist has earned his fortune through a long career in music.

Despite spending most of his time in the United States, he still owns a mansion in West Wittering, in Sussex.

This was the site of the infamous Redlands drug bust of 1967 where Keith Richards, along with Mick Jagger were arrested.

Sir Mick Jagger

2020 Ranking: 458

2019 Ranking: 460

Net worth: £285m

Similar to Keith Richards, Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger also made his fortune through music.

In recent years the Dartford-born rock sensation has also got involved in film, playing a key role The Burnt Orange Heresy in 2019.

Sir Peter Ogden

2020 Ranking: 308

2019 Ranking: 347

Net worth: £435m

Ogden's MotorSport Vision owns and operates the Brands Hatch racetrack in West Kingsdown.

MSV also run Donington Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton racetracks.

Simon Fuller

David Beckham (left) with Simon Fuller (right)

2020 Ranking: 300

2019 Ranking: 298

Net worth: £445m

The entertainment mogul who created Pop Idol is number 300 on the list.

With a wealth of £445m, he owned a third of Beckham Brand Holdings, which operates Victoria’s fashion businesses, as well as David’s commercial deals. Despite his huge wealth, he’s down £10m from last year.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

2020 Ranking: 296

2019 Ranking: 283

Net worth: £450m

Peter Jones will be familiar to many people for his role as a dragon in popular BBC programme Dragons' Den.

His Enterprise Academy launched at Folkestone College in October last year to encourage young people to follow in his footsteps of business.

The 53-year-old believes high streets still have a future and proved this with his purchase of Jessops for just under £2m in 2013.

David, Jacqueline and Vanessa Gold

Vanessa Gold, David Gold and Jacqueline Gold

2020 Ranking: 286

2019 Ranking: 287

Net worth: £460m

While David Gold may be best known for his 35 per cent share of West Ham United football club, the family also control lingerie and adult retailer Ann Summers.

The company is run by the 83-year-old's two daughters Jacqueline and Vanessa.

Jacqueline, 59, born in Bromley, grew up with her sister Vanessa, 52, in Biggin Hill.

Mark Fenwick and Family

Fenwick Canterbury

2020 Ranking: 231

2019 Ranking: 201

Net worth: £606m

Everyone in Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury will recognise the Fenwick brand.

Fenwick is a family business and has been since 1882.

While it originated in Newcastle, it has been popular in the county too.

They were early birds in the department store business in the UK, and with £700 million to show for it that was clearly a good trend to jump on.

It's been a bumpy ride in recent years though, and they have lost £30m in the past year as online retail muscles its way into the market.

Sir Roger and Peter De Haan

Saga billionaire Sir Roger De Haan has spent millions on the seafront regeneration

2020 Ranking: 163

2019 Ranking: 165

Net worth: £876m

The De Haan brothers sold their company Saga, which specialised in holidays for over 50s, in 2004 for £1.35bn and have since become well known in Kent for investing in their home town of Folkestone.

Roger, 71, is listed as spending £18m on sport projects and £42m on arts and creative industries in Folkestone.

His brother Peter, 68 runs a wine business and a property company.

Peter Harris and family

2020 Ranking: 152

2019 Ranking: 154

Net worth: £932m

Peter Harris' Bourne Leisure company owns Butlin's, Haven holiday parks and Warner Leisure Hotels.

The now 85-year-old got into the holiday industry through the purchase of the the Alberta caravan park in Whitstable.

The Harris family have a 42.9 per cent stake in Bourne which is valued at £600m.

Their wealth has grown by a considerable £165m in the past year.

Adam Fleming family

Matthew Fleming, playing cricket for Kent in 2003

2020 Ranking: 94

2019 Ranking: 99

Net worth: £1.525bn

Stonehage Fleming is a multinational wealth management company, born out of the merger between Fleming Family & Partners and Stonehage.

The finance business has made the Fleming family very wealthy, with a combined total of £1.5 billion, putting them at 99 on the list.

Kent residents may recognise Matthew Fleming, 56, for captaining Kent's cricket team and representing England. He also served as Presidnet

Adam Fleming, 72, is deputy chairman of Stonehage Fleming.

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