THE Duke of Westminster is a billionaire seven times over.
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 59, whose family seat is at Eaton Hall, near Chester, has slipped one place in the Sunday Times Rich List but is still the fourth wealthiest person in Britain.
The 2011 list shows the duke, who is the richest British-born person, has increased his fortune by £250m, with total assets of £7bn.
He is behind steel magnates Lakshmi Mittal (£17.5bn) and Alisher Usmanov (£12.4bn) plus Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (£10.3bn) who made his money in oil.
The duke’s Grosvenor Group owns swathes of Mayfair, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, as well as Liverpool One retail centre.
The list’s authors say: “London-based Grosvenor Group, the property giant controlled by the Duke of Westminster, bounced back with a £395m profit last year and has built up a war chest of nearly £1bn to return to global property markets.”
Dot-com multi-millionaire and Chester resident Simon Nixon, 43, has seen his wealth grow to £412m from £344m and has risen from 201st to 194th in the list.
Nixon, who made his fortune after founding price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com in 1999, is still involved with the business on a part-time basis.
Nixon’s rising prosperity is in spite of his loss-making Simonseeks.com travel website, from which he is to withdraw financial support after accepting the business model is not viable.
Businessman Steve Morgan, 58, of Carden Hall, Clutton, owns football club Wolverhampton Wanderers and chairs the Redrow construction group, which he founded in 1974.
His wealth has increased by £50m although his ranking has gone down from 190th to 200th.
Near neighbour Malcolm Walker, 65, from Broxton, co-founder of the Iceland frozen food chain, is ranked 418 in the list, up three places from last year, with an estimated £166m.
Mr Walker returned to Cheshire on Tuesday after climbing up to Everest’s 23,000ft-high North Col camp and he hopes to have helped raise more than £1m for Alzheimer’s Research UK.