Retailers rise in Sunday Times Rich List

Some of Britain's richest people are making at least some of their fortunes by selling gardening products.

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.


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