William Grant, Laithwaites and Nyetimber owners feature on Sunday Times Rich List

27 April, 2015

Eric Hereema at his Nyetimber estate

Dynastic whisky-producing family the Grant-Gordons head the wealth league in Scotland with a £2.15 billion fortune, according to the new Sunday Times Rich List.

The family, which runs Glenfiddich supplier William Grant and now also owns Drambuie, saw its fortune rise £250 million in the past year.

A new entry on the list, which documents the wealthiest people in Britain, is Eric Hereema, who owns the Nyetimber vineyard in West Sussex. Nyetimber’s award-winning sparkling wine is a favourite of the Queen, who served it at her golden and diamond jubilee celebrations.

Heerema and his four brothers inherited a Dutch marine contracting business, but one bought out the other four for $500 million.

Hereema, described as a “wine buff and Anglophile”, moved to England with his family and bought the 15ha Nyetimber estate for £7.5 million in 2006.

Drinks retailers performed well on the list, with Direct Wines’ owners Tony and Barbara Laithwaite enjoying a £12 million rise to £160 million.

Majestic founder John Apthorp’s fortune dropped £5 million, but still stands at £120 million.

Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who owns luxury Mayfair store Hedonism, is also on £120 million, while John Rudd of Berry Brothers & Rudd dropped £10 million to £110 million.

Tom Morris and his family, who founded and run low-cost retailer Home Bargains, are now worth £2.25 billion, up £200 million. Brothers Simon, Bobby and Robin Arora have climbed 10 places, thanks to the success of their discount stores, B&M Bargains. They are worth £1.75 billion, up £350 million. 

These stores have made BWS a large part of their offering and are expected to carve out a greater share of the drinks retail trade in the coming years.

The Perrodo family, which owns a Bordeaux portfolio including Margaux estate Château Labégorce Zédé, is worth £5.8 billion.

Vivian Imerman of Whyte & Mackay is on £355 million, while Tomintoul and Glencadam owners the Hillman family are worth £175 million.

Silvio Denz, the owner of St.-Emilion châteaus Peby Faugères and Faugères and Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes, saw his fortune rise £39 million to £210 million. 

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