John Bloor’s fortune put at £1.3bn in latest annual ranking

The annual ranking of the UK’s wealthiest 250 people sees Bloor Homes founder John Bloor remain construction’s richest man – despite his fortune dropping nearly £600m last year.

A former plasterer, Bloor, who has owned Triumph motorcycles for nearly 40 years, has an estimated fortune of £1.275bn, down £592m after losses racked up at Triumph.

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Steve Morgan saw his fortune head north to £881m

But he is some way behind Sir Anthony Bamford, who is in charge of the JCB construction equipment business, who has an estimated fortune of £4.595bn, a drop of £105m.

Others to make the Sunday Times Rich List are Redrow founder Steve Morgan, who left the business in 2019 and saw his fortune tick up £130m to £881m, while former Bowmer & Kirkland chairman, 83-year-old John Kirkland, who is now life president at the firm, is estimated to be worth £774m, up £179m on last year.

Also on the list is housebuilder David Wilson, whose Wilson Bowden business was bought by Barratt for more than £2bn in 2007, with a fortune up £28m to £650m and Charles Gallagher who owns a majority stake in listed housebuilder Abbey which went private last month. His fortune is put at £640m, up £59m.

The UK’s richest man is Ukraine-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik with a fortune of £23bn, up £7.2bn thanks to investment, music and media interests.