The Wealthiest People in Yorkshire Revealed in The Sunday Times Rich List

Malcolm Healey and family are the richest people in the Yorkshire & Humber, according to this year’s edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, published today online at and in the print edition of the newspaper on Sunday, May 19.  

The 76-page special edition of The Sunday Times Magazine reveals the largest fall in the billionaire count in the guide’s 36-year history, from a peak of 177 in 2022 to 165 this year. This year’s list of 350 individuals and families together hold combined wealth of £795.361 billion — a sum larger than the annual GDP of Poland. Sir Elton John, Lord Lloyd-Webber and David and Victoria Beckham all appear in the annual survey. The minimum entry for the list of 350 this year is £350 million. 

The wealthiest people in Yorkshire & Humber, owners of Wren Kitchens, Malcolm Healey and family, lost £99 million this year. Wren Kitchens is the kitchen king’s third successful kitchen outfit, which collectively put his wealth at £1.501 billion

Supermarket heirs – Andrea Shelley, William Morrison and Eleanor Kernighan – retain their position as the top five richest family in Yorkshire with their fortune of £933 million. The children of Sir Ken Morrison did considerably well from the private equity takeover of the Morrisons supermarket chain this year.  

The collective wealth of Duty Free Shoppers Group co-founder, Robert Miller, and his daughter Princess Marie-Chantal, amounted to £1.429 billion this year. However the duo’s wealth fell by £154 million this year – the largest drop in their region for two years running. The duty free shopping tycoon’s daughter is married to the new head of the Greek Royal Family.   

DFS founder, Lord Kirkham, and his family have also appeared in the top three most wealthy people in Yorkshire with their collective wealth of £1.14 billion. Poor O-level results forced Kirkham to ditch  his dream of making it in the RAF, and learn to make furniture – the beginning of DFS. 

New entries on the Rich List include Jon and Susie Seaton. The married couple started Twinkl, an educational publisher,  in Sheffield. They have sold a stake that values the teaching aides business at £500 million 

Robert Watts, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List, said: “This year’s Sunday Times Rich List suggests Britain’s billionaire boom has come to an end. Many of our home-grown entrepreneurs have seen their fortunes fall and some of the global super rich who came here are moving away. 

“Thousands of British livelihoods rely on the super-rich to some extent. We’ll have to wait and see whether we have now reached peak billionaire, and what that means for our economy. 

“These may be harder times to create wealth, but The Sunday Times Rich List continues to unearth entrepreneurs building fortunes in diverse and often surprising ways. This year’s new entries include people who have made money from artificial intelligence and virtual worlds as well as plumbing supplies and teaching aides.  

“We know many of our readers find such people — especially those from humbler backgrounds — very inspiring.” 

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