Who's on the media Rich List?

The Rothermere family has leapfrogged porn publisher Paul Raymond to become the highest media entry in the latest Sunday Times Rich List.


The family is the largest stakeholder in the Daily Mail and General Trust – publishers of the Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, Metro and Loot through Associated Newspapers – and moved into 38th place in the richest 1,000 in the UK, also overtaking the Barclay brothers in the process.


Compilers of the annual list, which was released last weekend, estimate the Rothermere clan to have amassed a fortune of around £798m.


The remaining top five media entries include Express Newspapers’ owner Richard Desmond (£700m), Financial Times parent company owners, the Pearson family (£644) and Raymond (£600m).


Leading advertising figures in the latest release include motor racing trackside specialist Paddy McNally (99th place, £402m), the Saatchi brothers (305th place, £127m), WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell (378th place, £104m) and his old adversary Chris Ingram (joint 666th place, £60m).


Media figures on the Sunday Times Rich List 2004:


Viscount Rothermere and family (£798m) Media

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (£750m) Property, media and hotels

Richard Desmond (£700m) Publishing

Viscount Cowdray and the Pearson family (£644m) Media

Felix Dennis (£585m) Publishing

David Sullivan (£550m) Media

David Gold and family (£495m) Media, aviation and lingerie

Paddy McNally (£402m) Advertising and sports hospitality

Mark Getty and family (£400m) Inheritance and media

Toby Blackwell and family (£315m) Publishing

John Madejski (£305m) Publishing and football

Nigel and Trevor Green (£300m) Media

The Thomson family (£292m) Media

Lord Heseltine and family (£264m) Publishing

Jan-Dirk Paarlberg (£175m) Media and finance

Sir Ray Tindle (£175m) Media

Lord Iliffe (£170m) Newspapers

The Earl of Stockton and the Macmillan family (£165m) Publishing

Dr Philip and Patricia Brown and family (£150m) Publishing

Maurice, Lord Saatchi, and Charles Saatchi (£127m) Advertising and art

Douglas Graham and family (£120m) Newspapers

Chris Wright (£112m) Music and media

Sir Martin Sorrell (£104m) Advertising

Sir Richard Storey and family (£100m) Newspapers

Michael Green (£95m) Media

Owen Oyston and family (£94m) Media and property

Nicholas Berry and family (£90m) Newspapers and finance

Tony Elliott (£90m) Publishing

Nick Forman Hardy (£83m) Newspapers, industry and farming

Paul Morgan and family (£78m) Media

Antony Crosthwaite-Eyre and family (£75m) Publishing and leisure

Michael Watt (£75m) Media

Paul Gibbons (£70m) Media and golf

Dr Avtar Lit (£65m) Broadcasting

Jeff Chapman (£65m) Broadcasting

Chris Ingram (£60m) Media

Keith Barwell (£60m) Media

Peter Wilson (£60m) Media

Sir Christopher Ondaatje (£60m) Finance and publishing

Peter Fowler (£58m) Media

Nigel Robertson (£50m) Advertising and investing.

Edwin Boorman (£45m) Newspapers

Guy Parr (£45m) Publishing

Lindsay Masters (£45m) Publishing

Paul Anderson (£45m) Publishing

Peter Orton (£42m) Media

Roland Rudd (£41m) Media

Peter Savill (£40m) Publishing


Overall top slot went to Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, with an estimated fortune of around £7.5bn.


Click here for the Sunday Times Rich List 2004 homepage.

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