MONEY-SAVING expert Martin Lewis has Chester-based entrepreneur Simon Nixon to thank for his appearance in the 2013 Sunday Times Rich List.
Manchester-born Lewis, who grew up in Norley near Delamere Forest, sold his personal finance website to Nixon’s Ewloe-based Moneysupermarket.com last summer in a deal worth up to £87m.
The former King’s School pupil is estimated to be worth £60m even after allowing for his generous £11.1m donation to charity.
King’s spokeswoman Vicky Titmuss said: “The King’s School is proud to have Martin Lewis as one of its Alumni. Martin is in contact with the school and he has visited us previously when he gave a fantastic talk on student budgeting to our 6th formers.
“We know he wants to come again and we are currently trying to organise another visit but as you can imagine he is extremely busy.”
Meanwhile, Simon Nixon’s business fortunes continue to rise. His wealth jumped by £197m in the last year alone along with his Rich List ranking, which now puts him at 117th wealthiest person in Britain – up from 155th in 2012.
The Duke of Westminster’s fortune increased by £450m to £7.8bn over the past year – but he is slipping down the rankings.
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 61, whose family seat is Eaton Hall, near Chester, is now eighth richest person compared with 10 years ago when he topped the list.
In 2012 he retired as head of the Army’s reserve forces and last October underwent an operation to remove a small tumour from his lung but has now recovered.
Businessman Steve Morgan, who lives with his wife Didy, and their two young children at Carden Hall, Clutton, owns Wolverhampton Wanderers and chairs the Flintshire-based Redrow group he founded in 1974.
His wealth has increased by £100m to £510m and he has risen up the rankings from 216 to 171.
Malcolm Walker, 67, from Broxton, co-founder of Iceland frozen food chain, is ranked 368 in the list, up from 370 last year, with an estimated £215m.
Frodsham’s Gary Barlow of Take That and X-Factor fame is estimated to be worth £60m.