Newmarket-based racehorse owner and breeder Kirsten Rausing is the richest person in East Anglia.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, which will be published on Sunday, her £8.7 billion fortune is shared with her brother Jorn who is based in London. And despite their combined wealth being £100 million down on last year, they are still ranked eighth in the national list which reveals the 1,000 richest people in Britain.
Sixty-two-year-old Miss Rausing’s wealth comes from Swiss packaging group Tetra Laval, best known for its milk and juice cartons, in which she is a leading shareholder. She owns Lanwades and St Simon Studs in Newmarket and the Staffordstown Stud in Ireland.
Also featuring among the top 20 weathiest people in East Anglia are father and son David and Richard Thompson with £490 million up £10 million from last year. David Thompson bought Cheveley Park Stud in 1975 and as well as his other business interests his son is also very involved in the stud.
Paul Day, managing director of transport firm, Turners (Soham) Ltd has a fortune put at £255 million up £30 million on 2014 and property developer Bill Gredley, dubbed the Newmarket Pensioners’ Pal, is listed with his son Tim and daughter Pollyanna with a fortune of £164 million, up £14 million on last year.