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Stone's former Miss UK tops the West Midlands Rich List

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Stone's former Miss UK tops the West Midlands Rich List

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FORMER Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli, from Oulton Heath, near Stone, once again tops the West Midlands Rich List with her husband Ernesto.

Their fortune of £9,750m makes the Bertarellis the fifth richest in the UK and among 104 British billionaires included in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List,to be published on May 18.

Kirsty, nee Roper, is a singer-songwriter who has written for All Saints in the past and had an album of new material, Indigo Shores, released this week.

Her husband, Ernesto, ran the family’s Geneva-based Serono pharmaceuticals company, which was sold to Merck for $13.3 billion.

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The Bertarelli Foundation this year poured £108m into Campus Biotech, a new venture to create one of the world’s leading biotechnology research centres in Switzerland.The couple, who married in 2000, have three children

The total wealth of the richest 20 in the West Midlands amounts to £21.728 billion.

While billionaires Lord Bamford, head of JCB and former mobile phone tycoon John Caudwell have seen their fortunes hold steady at £3,150m and £1,500m respectively, two other families in the region become billionaires for the first time.

Peter, Denise and John Coates have seen their wealth rise £275m in the past year, taking them to £1.2billion. Mr Coates 76, is chairman of Stoke City, but the family’s wealth is derived from its gambling business.

The real money-spinner is Bet365, which was created by Denise Coates, who spotted the potential in online betting.

She and her brother, John, are chief executives at the company, which recorded a £148.3m profit in 2012-13. She holds just over half the shares in the Staffordshire-based company.

Tony Murray and family also made billionaire status this year with a fortune put at £1.013 billion after a gain of £163m in the past 12 months. Murray, 94, is the oldest person in the Rich List but still actively involved in Andrew Sykes, his Wolverhampton-based hirer of heating and air-conditioning equipment. He also has the London Security fire protection business and six hotels.

Regional rankRegional rankName2014  wealthWealth increase/National rank
20142013  decrease 
11Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli£9,750mup £2,350m5
22Lord Bamford and family£3,150mNo change27
33John Caudwell£1,500mNo change55=
44Peter, Denise and John Coates£1,200mup £275m78=
55Tony Murray and family£1,013mup £163m96
68Steve Morgan£650mup £140m155=
77Sir Peter Rigby£550mNo change185=
8=9Felix Dennis£500mNo change199=
8=14Roy Richardson and family£500mup £115m199=
1013Tony Gallagher£475mup £65m222=
1112Lord Edmiston£452mup £12m228
1211Caspar MacDonald-Hall£440mdown £10m236=
1310Thomas Mackie and family£327mdown £163m289
1415Paul Newey£230mup £10m407=
1518Richard Harpin£197mup £57m489
1617Keith Bradshaw and family£175mup £30m534=
1716Sir Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe and family£170mup £10m549=
1833=Andrew and Linda Leaver£159mup £84m594=
19newJohn and Richard Goodwin and family£150m 607=
2024=Simon Clarke and family£140mup £50m647=

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