The Tech Rich List 2013

Tech Rich List 2014

We have as last year produced our Technology take on the latest UK Rich List. As ever it is our subjective definition of Technology. Remarkably little change from last year  (TECH RICH LIST 2012 {Link}) in either the UK or US listings. So here’s the UK for starters.

UK Technology Rich List 2013
  Tech  All  ___ Name Link Worth £ million Source
 ’13  ’12 ’13  ’12 +/- £mn
1 (1) 7 (8) David & Simon Reuben 8,281 1,198 Property, internet
2 (2) 19 (16) Sir Richard Branson & family 3,514 104 Internet, transport, finance +
3 (3) 48= (42)= John Caudwell 1,500     - Mobile phones
4 (5) 70 (70) Michael Moritz 1,125 43 Internet
5 (4) 71 (69) Sir Terry Matthews 1,122 32 Computers
6 (6) 78 (86) Charles Dunstone 1,080 220 Mobile phones
7 (7) 98= (92)= Alan Sugar 860 60 Electrical goods
8 (9) 113 (139)= Niklas Zenstromm 785 185 Internet, software
9 (11) 117 (155) Simon Nixon 733 197 Internet
10 (10) 122 (153)= David Ross 710 170 Mobile phones, property
11 (8) 135 (112) Ruth Parasol & Russ DeLeon 667 -33 Gambling
12= (16) 158= (184)= Peter Rigby 550 70 Computers, hotels, aviation
12= - 158= (164)= Peter Wood 550 50 Insurance
12= (18) 158= (212)= Dou Steyn & family 550 130 Insurance
15 (12) 168 (158)= Mo Ibrahim & family 520     - Mobile phones
16= (13) 173= (164)= Andrey Andreev 500     - Internet
16= (14) 173= (164)= Kevin Cash 500     - Internet, property
18 (15) 192 (184)= Mike Lynch 480     - Software 
19 (19) 195 (218) Peter Jones 474 72 Mobile phones
20 (20) 258 (232) Peter Wilkinson 335 33 Internet

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The only addition, which was really an omission of ours last year, is Peter Wood of Direct Line & eSure.

Interesting to note that all of our top 20 have a worth greater than The Queen who comes in at £320 million!

At an overall level the top 20 this year have a combined value of £24.8 billion (£22.5bn) so that’s an increase of some 10.2% even in these austere times!

Just outside the top 20 there are some up and coming individuals who may well appear next year. They are:

·       Nick Robertson of Asos fame valued at £278 million

·       Daniel Ek of Spotify – £250 million

·       Charlie Sharland of AppSense - £250 million

Worthy of mention is Jony Ive (or Sir Jonathan as the Sunday Times call him) of Apple with an estimated worth of £120 million.

Overall at the top of the UK Rich List is Alisher Usmanov with a worth of £13.3 billion. The top Techie(s) have a worth representing some 62% thereof!   This is, sort of, confirmed in the Forbes billionaires listing where he comes in at #34 with $17.6 billion.

Now on to the worlds (mainly US) top tech billionaires.

Forbes Lists – World Billionaires (March 2013) 
Technology All   ____ Name   Worth $ million Source
’13  ’12  ’13  ’12 +/- $mn
1 (1) 2 (2) Bill Gates 67,000 6,000 Software- Microsoft
2 (2) 5 (6) Larry Ellison 43,000 7,000 Software – Oracle
3 (5) 19 (26) Jeff Bezos 25,200 6,800 Internet – Amazon
4 (3) 20 (24)= Larry Page 23,000 4,300 Internet – Google
5 (4) 21 (24)= Sergey Brin 22,800 4,100 Internet – Google
6 (7) 49 (41)= Michael Dell 15,300 -600 Computers – Dell
7 (9) 51 (44) Steve Ballmer 15,200 -500 Software – Microsoft
8 (10) 53 (48) Paul Allen 15,000 800 Software  Microsoft
9 (6) 66 (35) Mark Zuckerberg 13,300 -4,200 Internet – Facebook
10 (8) 91 (41)= Azim Premji 11,200 -4,700 Software – Wipro

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No change here at all but should we all feel a little sorry for Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Premji who have lost 24% and 30%  of their fortunes? Good to see Mr Bezos on the podium!

In spite of this the overall total has increased by 11.2% to $258 billion ($232 bn).

Just outside our list, at number 11 is Laurene Powell Jobs and family at $10.7 billion. It looks as if Forbes don’t have a concept of inheritance! Their profile introduction starts “Silicon Valley’s wealthiest woman, …..” Accurate but perhaps a mention of Steve might have been appropriate!

Overall at the top of the World’s billionaires is the Mexican Carlos Slim Helu & family with a worth of $73 billion. Bill Gates, in spite of the philanthropy, has a worth representing 92% of  this figure and is at #2 overall.

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