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Nine Scottish billionaires on Sunday Times Rich List

Sir Ian Wood (left) and Jim McColl are two Scottish billionaires on the Sunday Times list Image copyright BBC/SNS
Image caption Sir Ian Wood (left) and Jim McColl are two Scottish billionaires on the Sunday Times list

Scotland now has a record nine billionaires, according to a new study in a Sunday newspaper.

The Sunday Times Rich List found the number of billionaires living in Scotland or with substantial business interests there has gone up from seven.

New entrants include Trond Mohn, the founder of a Norwegian pump firm, who was born in Buckie.

Alastair Salvesen, of the Christian Salvesen shipping empire, is also on the list.

The billionaires of Scottish interest in this year's Sunday Times list are:

  • The Grant-Gordon whisky family (£2.15bn)
  • Mahdi al-Tajir, who owns Highland Spring (£1.67bn)
  • Oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood (£1.385bn)
  • Former Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed (£1.3bn)
  • Thomson family, owners of publisher DC Thomson (£1.27bn)
  • Trond Mohn and his sister Marit (£1.2bn)
  • Jim McColl, of Clyde Blowers (£1.06bn)
  • Sir Brian Souter and Ann Gloag, the siblings who founded the Stagecoach transport empire (£1.04bn)
  • Alastair Salvesen, of the Christian Salvesen shipping empire (£1bn)

Mr Al-Fayed makes the list of Scots as he owns an estate in the country.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has a £580m fortune, according to the list.

The UK-wide list includes 117 billionaires, up from 104 last year.

The total wealth of the richest 1,000 individuals and families in Britain has more than doubled in the last 10 years to £547bn, the survey reported.

London-based Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik, whose empire includes the Warner Music Group, is Britain's richest man with an estimated fortune of £13.17bn.

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