York’s richest family revealed. And they’re worth £250 million

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24 Apr 2015 @ 2.02 pm
| Business

When it comes to family fortunes, there is only one York winner. Step forward… the Shepherd family.

Showing that where there’s bricks there’s brass, the owners of the Shepherd Group, the building empire which encompasses Portakabin, are now worth a cool £253 million.

That’s according to those money-obsessed types who compile the Sunday Times rich list. It will reveal the complete run down of Britain’s wealthiest people this Sunday (April 26) and has published a list of Yorkshire’s top 20 as a taster.

The Shepherd Group
One of the largest privately owned building groups in the UK with a group turnover in excess of £600 million and 3,200 staff, the Shepherd Group’s history can be traced to 1890 when Frederick Shepherd, who was the founder of the company, set up a successful building business in York.

– source: Wikipedia

The Shepherd family clock in at number 16 in Yorkshire (and joint 389th richest in Britain). They’re a non-mover in the affluence charts, as the compilers estimate their wealth to have increased by a mere £1 million in the last 12 months.

Not everything in the Shepherd empire is rosy. The company’s contracting arm Shepherd Construction made losses of £8.2 million last year and job losses could be on the cards.

The rest of the rich types

Top of the Yorkshire rich list again are brothers Eddie and Malcolm Healey, whose joint fortune is £1,500m – up £200m on last year. They are responsible for the Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield and Hygena Kitchens among other big names.

In second place Lord Kirkham (worth £1,150m) has a fortune based on the outstanding success of the DFS furniture retail chain.

Yorkshire has a fourth billionaire family this year – Robert Miller, the man behind the Duty Free Shoppers chain, seen in many airports around the world, and his daughter Princess Marie-Chantal, who sits on the board of the company. They now sit on a fortune worth £1,040.

The full list is below. If you can get behind the paywall, the updated rich list will be published on the Sunday Times website here.

Yorkshire Rich List 2015

Rank 2015Rank 2014Name2015 wealthWealth increase/ decreaseNational rank
11Eddie and Malcolm Healey£1,500m
22Lord Kirkham and family£1,150mNo change89=
34Robert Miller and Princess Marie-Chantal and family£1,040m£55m101 =
43Tony Murray and family£1,013mNo change107
55Sir Ken Morrison and family£733m£167m153
66Paul Sykes£690 m£40m164
77Terry Bramall and family£425mNo change254=
89Jack Tordoff and family£368m£15m280
98Peter Wilkinson£360 mNo change281 =
1010Roderick Evans and family£350 mNo change287=
1111Assem Allam and family£340 m£20m302=
1212Dean and Janet Hoyle£280 m£4m357=
1313Alan Lewis£270 mNo change371 =
1414David Hood£266 m£1m377
1515John Guthrie and family£260 mNo change380=
1616The Shepherd family£253 m£1m389=
1717Malcolm Walker£215mNo change450=
1818Tony Bramall and family£208m£1m464
19=21Paul and Johnny Caddick and family£200 m£25m476=
19=19Malcolm Walker and family£200 mNo change476=