Rich list names NI's wealthiest

Published Sunday, 18 May 2014
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One Northern Ireland family has added £100m to its wealth within the last year, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Rich list names NI's wealthiest
The family of the late Lord Ballyedmond are the wealthiest in NI. (© Getty)

Brothers Paul and Jeremy Eakin have seen their wealth mushroom to £310m due to wound care products from their company Eakin Holdings.

The wealthiest family in Northern Ireland, according to the paper, is that of Lord Ballyedmond, who was killed alongside three others in a helicopter crash in March.

His family's business - Norbrook Laboratories in Newry - made £540m last year, putting their wealth at £1.4bn.

This year's list revealed that Britain's richest people are wealthier than ever before with a combined fortune of £518.975bn, with a minimum of £85m needed to even be considered for the rankings.

The Queen added £10m to her personal fortune and is now ranked 285 with £330m, while TV chef Jamie and wife Jools Oliver saw their worth go up by £90m to £240m, ranking them at 396.

Philip Beresford, who compiles the list, said: "I've never seen such a phenomenal rise in personal wealth as the growth in the fortunes of Britain's 1,000 richest people over the past year.

"The richest people in Britain have had an astonishing year.

"While some may criticise them, many of these people are at the heart of the economy and their success brings more jobs and more wealth for the country."

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34 Comments
OldSod in Fermanagh wrote (62 days ago):
liambo in belfast, what has Bono ever done to you? Obviously he is not Irish enough to have an opinion in your opinion, but seriously,.... is being wealthy and successful the only way he has offended you? I don't know the man myself, but he articulated the attitude I see here, so I quoted him. So here is one from Benjamin Franklin; “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Maybe we need to take a leaf out of his book?
beebop in Rocksteady wrote (63 days ago):
The Queen has 330 mil! I had no idea there was so much money to be made in waving to ones peasants. Why does the queens have a personal fortune? Austerity my eye Mr. Osbourne. The money should be repatriated into the NHS or roads or flood protection or childcare or urban redevelopment or anything but this outrage. Between this and the money spent invading foreign countries its pretty hard not to be disgusted. No wonder Scotland wants out
Paul in London wrote (63 days ago):
@OldSod, the Irish say it how it is, In the States they're fake.
love in norn iron wrote (63 days ago):
Wow amazing to hear such successful people from northern ireland!! These people have worked hard and deserve everything they have and have achieved!! Well done and keep up the hard work
John in Newry wrote (63 days ago):
While having some money will definitely help you along in life, try never to see it as the be all of everything. Health is still your greatest wealth.
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