Full list of UK billionaires that thrived as Britain braved Covid pandemic

The UK's biggest billionaires have been revealed – showing the lucky people who have thrived during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last year millions of Brits have feared losing their jobs – and many did. But at the same time more people have become billionaires than any point in in British history.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2021 has identified a record-breaking 171 UK billionaires – 24 more than in 2020.

UK billionaires have seen their fortunes skyrocket by more than a fifth over the pandemic – with Ukranian-born entertainment tycoon Sir Leonard Blavatnic topping the list.

Wealth among the billionaires increased by a jaw-dropping 21.7% over the last year – rising by £106.5billion to £597.2billion, according to the figures.

Sir Leonard, a dual UK-US citizen, and his company, own most of Warner Music, as well as other interests in real estate, chemicals, telecoms and he also has his own philanthropic foundation.

He replaces British inventor Sir James Dyson, who drops down to fourth, despite gaining £100million this year.

The Reuben brothers David and Simon have also made billions over the last year due to their property empire. They are now second on the list.

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Meanwhile, Sri and Gopi Hiduja saw their fortune rise by £1billion to take the third spot thanks to their Mumbai-based conglomerate Hinduja Group.

On the top 10 list you'll also find Alisher Usmanov, whose fortune rose by £1.7billion after selling his 30% stake in Arsenal FC.

It's also been a lucrative year for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who made a further £1.945bn to move from 12th to eighth place.

You will find the full list of UK billionaires, and their eye-watering net worths, at the bottom of the article.

Sunday Times Rich List 2021

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1. Sir Leonard Blavatnik – Investment, music and media – £23bn, up £7.219bn

2. David and Simon Reuben – Property and internet – £21.465bn, up £5.465bn

3. Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family – Industry and finance – £17bn, up £1bn

4. Sir James Dyson and family – Household goods and technology – £16.3bn, up £100m

5. Lakshmi Mittal and family – Steel – £14.68bn, up £7.899bn

6. Alisher Usmanov – Mining and investment – £13.406bn, up £1.726bn

7. Kirsten and Jorn Rausing – Inheritance and investment – £13bn, up £900m

8. Roman Abramovich – Oil and industry – £12.101bn, up £1.945bn

9. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho – Inheritance, brewing and banking – £12.013bn, up £1.713bn

10. Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and family – Retailing – £11bn, up £470m

11. Mikhail Fridman – £10.797bn

12. The Duke of Westminster and the Grosvenor family – £10.054bn

13. Marit, Lisbet, Sigrid and Hans Rausing – £9.49bn

14. Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli – £9.2bn

15. Anil Agarwal – £9bn

16. François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek – £8.675bn

17. Denise, John and Peter Coates – £8.448bn

18. Michael Platt – £8bn

19. John Fredriksen and family – £7.831bn

20. German Khan – £7.167bn

21. Barnaby and Merlin Swire and family – £6.5bn

22. Sir Henry Keswick and family – £6.471bn

23. Stephen Rubin and family – £6.394bn

24. Earl Cadogan and family – £6.37bn

25. Sir Jim Ratcliffe – £6.33bn

26. Denis Sverdlov – £6.173bn

27. Ian and Richard Livingstone – £6.1bn

28. Anders Povlsen- £6bn

29. The Barclay family – £6bn

30. John Grayken – £5.87bn

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