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Yorkshire's Rich List revealed

Yorkshire's Rich List revealed

Published at 7:36am 22nd April 2016. (Updated at 6:28pm 22nd April 2016)

Philip Meeson, who runs Leeds-based holiday airline, has seen his fortune rise by 131% in a year to £386 million, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2016, which is being published this weekend.

A £540 million increase in wealth lifts Robert Miller to the top of the 2016 Yorkshire Rich List.

Miller, his daughter Princess Marie-Chantal and wider family are now worth £1.58 billion, after a near-20% rise in the value of LVMH, the French luxury goods group which holds a controlling stake in Hong Kong-Duty Free Shoppers.

Miller founded the airport shopping chain in 1960 and retains a 38.75% holding in the business, which is expanding into city centre locations through its Galleria brand. 

Marie-Chantal, one of three daughters, is Crown Princess of Greece.

American-born Miller, who is a British citizen, owns the 36,000-acre Gunnerside shooting estate in Swaledale, as well as a home in London.

He has deposed brothers Eddie and Malcolm Healey from the head of the regional Rich List.

Eddie, 78, sold his Parc Trostre retail park, in Llanelli, for £156 million in 2014, which is a fraction of the price achieved for his Meadowhall centre, near Sheffield, which sold for £1.17 billion in 1999.

Malcolm, 71, sold his Hygena Kitchens business for £200 million and then repeated the process in America, selling up for £800 million.

Yorkshire's wealthiest, their fortune and any change on last year:

1) Robert Miller and Princess Marie-Chantal and family - £1.58 billion (+£540 million)

2) Eddie and Malcolm Healey - £1.43 billion (-£70 million)

3) Lord Kirkham and family - £1.15 billion (no change)

4) Tony Murray and family - £1.05 billion (+£37 million)

5) Sir Ken Morrison and family - £770 million (+£37 million)

6) Paul Sykes - £690 million (no change)

7) Terry Bramall and family - £425 million (no change)

8) Philip Meeson - £386 million (+£219 million)

9) Peter Wilkinson - £385 million (+£25 million)

10) Jack Tordoff and family - £383 million (+£15 million)

Lord Kirkham retains his £1.15 billion fortune, ranking third in the county.

He began his furniture business in a converted billiard hall and built up the DFS chain into one of the country's best-known brands. 

He made £450 million for his family when he floated the business in 1993, before taking it private again.

A further sale of the business to Advent in 2010, plus dividends, earned Kirkham a further £400 million. 

Tony Murray and family completes the list of Yorkshire billionaires.

At 96, Murray is the oldest person on this year's Rich List.

He has two main British operations: the Andrew Sykes business, which hires heating and air conditioning equipment, and London Security, a fire protection company based in Leeds.

He also owns six hotels, worth £400 million, with another under construction.

Ripon resident and businessman Paul Sykes retains his place in the top 10, with a fortune unchanged at £690 million.

Elsewhere in the Yorkshire top 20, among the non-billionaires, Philip Meeson has seen the biggest gain in wealth.

His fortune has risen to £386 million, which is up by £219 million.

Shares in his Leeds-based Dart Group have taken off, with the business now worth close to £1 billion.

Profits have doubled at the low-cost airline in the six months to last September, and he has ordered a fleet of 27 Boeing airliners to cope with the expansion.