Laithwaites, Majestic and Hedonism owners feature on Rich List

19 May, 2014

Drinks retailers enjoyed a strong showing on The Sunday Times Rich List published yesterday, with Tony and Barbara Laithwaite leading the charge.

The couple behind mail order business Direct Wines have a £148 million fortune, up £23 million on last year.

Majestic Wine founder John Apthorp was close behind the Laithwaites with a fortune of £125 million.

He owns a £44 million stake in Majestic and also recently made £70 million from selling frozen food retailer Bejam.

Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who owns luxury Mayfair store Hedonism, and John Rudd of Berry Brothers & Rudd both weighed in with fortunes of £120 million.

Producers were also littered across the list, with the Grant Gordon family behind brands like Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Grant’s, Hendrick’s and Sailor Jerry enjoying an estimated worth of £1.9 billion.

The Perrodo family came 14th its family’s Bordeaux portfolio, which includes Margaux estate Château Labégorce Zédé.

Vivian Imerman of Whyte & Mackay was on £355 million, while Tomintoul and Glencadam owners the Hillman family were on £200 million.

Judy Halewood, widow of Halewood International founder John Halewood, has a fortune of £115 million.

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