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Sir Richard Branson heads the travel sector in the 2016 “rich list”

There is rich, very rich and the Sunday Times Rich List and usually people in the travel sector do not often, if ever, get into the top 20 in the rich list, unless of course you are Sir Richard Branson. There are a number of others that mere mortals would consider to be extremely rich that get into the lower reaches of the list, names like Airtours founder David Crossland (£200 million), former British Midland chairman Lord Glendonbrook (£200 million) but they are not in the same league as Sir Richard with an estimated fortune of £4.52 billion, putting him into sixteenth place on the list.

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and family are slipping down the list, which does not make them any the less wealthy and even at 41st place he is still comfortable at £2.59 billion. As we look down the list at those who have been successful in the travel sector Simon Nixon, co-founder of, who now is running Simon Escapes, a holiday home business comes in at a creditable 113rd on the list; his wealth is £1.026 billion.

Coming out of the billions into the millions, Peter Harris, co-founder of Butlin’s Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels owner Bourne Leisure, has wealth of £650 million, Jet2 Chief and former RAF pilot, Philip Meeson has climbed up to 290th on the list and has wealth of £386 million, an impressive increase of £219 million.

So although we can see that if you have a product in the travel industry that is novel, offers value for money, is family friendly, convenient and makes people want to use it again, money can be made, but to get above Sir Richard Branson, internet, industry and finance, property, and of course inheritance like the Heineken Brewing family, is the route to take.

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