Sunday Times Rich List

The Sunday Times Rich List is a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people or families resident in the United Kingdom ranked by net wealth. The list is updated annually in April and published as a magazine supplement by British national Sunday newspaper The Sunday Times since 1989. The editorial decisions governing the compilation of the Rich List are published in the newspaper and online as its "Rules of engagement."[1]

Sunday Times Rich List
List of 1,000 UK residents, ranked in order of net worth
Publication details
PublicationThe Sunday Times
First published1989
Latest publicationMay 12, 2019
Current list details (2019)
WealthiestHinduja family
Net worth (1st) GB£22 billion
Sunday Times Rich List website

The Rich List is not limited to British citizens and it includes individuals and families born overseas but who predominantly work and/or live in Britain. This excludes some individuals with prominent financial assets in Britain.

The editors estimate subjects' wealth from a range of public information, based on values in January each year. They typically explain their actions by stating: "We measure identifiable wealth, whether land, property, racehorses, art or significant shares in publicly quoted companies. We exclude bank accounts—to which we have no access... We try to give due consideration to liabilities."

The 2015 list marked the first year Queen Elizabeth II was not among the list's top 300 most wealthy since the list began in 1989.[2] She was number one on the list when it began in 1989.[2]

The most recent list was published on 12 May 2019.[3]

The Sunday Times Tax List was inaugurated on 27 January 2019 in the Sunday Times Magazine, using data collected for the Rich List and edited by Robert Watts.[4][5]

Giving List

Since 2005, as part of the Rich List, The Sunday Times has produced an annual Giving List, which tracks the most generous philanthropists in the UK as a proportion of their wealth. In 2018, it was reported that, of the 300 philanthropists listed in the Giving List, a total of £3.207 billion was given away[6].

Jamie Cooper, the former wife of hedge fund manager Sir Christopher Anthony Hohn, was ranked in first place with a giving index of 88.89%, which amounted to donations in 2018 of £299.6 million[7].

Book version

A fuller version of the Rich List is also published in a reference book edition, edited by Philip Beresford. This list covers the top 5,000 richest people, rather than the top 1,000, and includes their business addresses:

  • Sunday Times Rich List 2006-2007 was published by A & C Black in December 2006 (ISBN 978-0713679410).
  • Sunday Times Rich List 2007-2008 was due to be published by A & C Black in November 2007 (ISBN 978-0713685152) but no book appeared due to a deadlock between the publishers and The Sunday Times. The publisher was keen to carry on but only if a CD version was attached to the book. The Sunday Times would not allow this as it would give competitors a chance to develop their own database and launch rival rich lists.[8]

Lists by year

See also


  1. The Sunday Times
  2. Helen Nianias (26 April 2015). "The Queen drops off the top end of the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time since its inception". The Independent. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. Watts, Robert, ed. (12 May 2019). "The Rich List: Rich prepare to flee Corbyn's Britain". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. The Sunday Times Tax List 2019: Britain’s top taxpayers revealed
  5. Stephen Rubin, owner of JD Sports, paid most tax in UK last year with £181m bill
  6. "UK's richest gave away over £3.2bn last year, according to Sunday Times". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. Cooney, Rebecca. "Giving by the richest steady at £3.2bn". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  8. Archived 2011-07-28 at Resource talks to Philip Beresford
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