In the new annual Sunday Times UK Rich List, joint 65th are B&M discount store owners Bobby, Simon and Robin Arora, worth £1.92bn. B&M formed in 1978 and has £174m annual turnover and more than 500 stores, including 100 with garden centres.
At 67 in the list, Chris and Sarah Dawson of discount chain The Range is worth £1.9bn, up £150m on 2016. The Range’s first store opened in 1989 and there are now more than 130 in the UK. May is ‘gardening month’ at the £675m annual turnover general goods retailer.
Ikea’s Jonas Kamprad is 157= at £820m. He lives in London. Sweden-based international home store Ikea is believed to be the biggest seller of indoor plants in the UK.
Budget household goods and gardening retailer Wilko has £1.46bn turnover and chairman Tony Wilkinson and family are worth £295m, to put them 400th in the list.
The only stand-alone garden centre owner on the list is Warren Haskins and family at 862= at £125m. Haskins has four garden centres and turned over £31,6m in 2015/16. He sold Hobbycraft in 2010 for £100m to Bridgepoint.