Original article from Kent Live
The Sunday Times has released its Rich List for 2021, meaning that people can once again take a look at the staggering wealth owned by the richest in our land.
The richest people with links to Kent have also been revealed, as well as how much their wealth has risen – or fallen – over a turbulent last 12 months.
One family lost a staggering £100 million, but as you'll find out, they won't be too concerned with that development.
After a year like we've just had, you might expect that most of the mega-rich would have lost money since 2020.
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However, just one of Kent's richest actually lost money, with one family seeing their wealth rise by a whopping £600 million in just one year.
Below is our list of people with links to the county who made the 2021 Rich List, where they were out of the top 250, and how they came to make all their wealth.
All of them have net worths more than Queen Elizabeth, who raked in £365 million in the last year.
Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell – 196th
2021 wealth: £820 million
Change from 2020: Up £20 million
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney owns a house on the edge of Kent, in the small village of Peasmarsh.
The singer, 78, is one of the richest musicians in the country.
He and his third wife, Nancy Shevell, make the top 200 on the rich list for another year running.
Sir Roger and Peter de Haan – 180th
2021 wealth: £900 million
Change from 2020: Up £24 million
A well known pair in their home town of Folkestone, the de Haan brothers found their fortune in the over-50s company Saga.
They sold off the business for more than £1 billion back in 2004 and have invested regularly in Folkestone, both in sports projects and the creative industries.
Peter Jones & family – 150th
2021 wealth: £1.157 billion
Change from 2020: Up £65 million
Best known for his role on BBC's Dragon's Den, Peter Jones also has a strong interest in the Kent economy.
Peter opened up an Enterprise Academy in Folkestone College back in 2019 to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs.
Adam Fleming & family – 106th
2021 wealth: £1.525 billion
Change from 2020: No change
The Fleming family earn their wealth through Stonehage Fleming, a multinational wealth management company.
Adam Fleming (nephew of James Bond author Ian Fleming) is deputy chairman of the company, which was born from a merger between Fleming Family & Partners and Stonehage.
The Fleming family's link to Kent comes in through Matthew Fleming, a former cricketer who played for Kent County.
Peter Harris & family – 105th
2021 wealth: £1.534 billion
Change from 2020: Up £602 million
Caravan park billionaire Peter Harris has seen his wealth rocket up by more than £600 million in just one year.
Peter, 87, owns a large stake in Bourne Leisure: the group which owns Butlin's and Warner Leisure hotels.
The billionaire made his first moves into the holiday industry with a caravan park in Whitstable.
Hans, Marit, Lisbet, and Sigrit Rausing – 13th
2021 wealth: £9.49 billion
Change from 2020: Down £100 million
At the top of our list is a group of people who sit in the highest echelons of society: the Rausing family.
They sit at 13th on this list with a combined wealth just shy of £10 billion – more than every other entry on this list combined.
However, they were the only ones to see their wealth drop in the last year. They became £100 million poorer in 2021 (probably because they haven't checked down the back of the sofa yet).
Tetra Lavel giant Hans Rausing lived near the Kent Border on the 900-acre Wadhurst Park estate. He died in 2019, leaving the company in the hands of his children.
The family made their fortune with the Tetra Pak carton, used for packaging drinks. They also fund Buster's Book Club, a child literacy scheme based in Kent.