Brewdog founders named in Sunday Times Rich List

Brewdog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie have put craft beer on to the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time.

The newspaper put the fortunes of Watt at £262 million and £228 million respectively on the 2018 edition of its annual list of the 1,000 richest people in the UK, published this week.

Watt and Dickie ­­­­– who legally changed their names to Elvis in 2016 after being sued by the estate of Elvis Presley over their Elvis Juice beer –­ founded the Aberdeenshire-based Brewdog in 2007. It has since become the most famous, controversial and popular brand in the modern craft beer market.

Watt is ranked two places above Sir Mick Jagger, while Dickie’s fortune is estimated at just £17 million behind the Rolling Stones singer’s bandmate Keith Richards.

New Bargain Booze owner Sir Anwar Pervez and his family were collectively named the 43rd richest people in the UK on the list.

Sir Anwar added the off-licence group to his Bestway cash and carry empire last month after the collapse of Conviviality.

The Sunday Times puts the family fortune – which includes interests in banking and the cement industry in Pakistan – at £3.1 billion, an increase of £145 million on 2017.

It gives them a Rich List ranking higher than household names from the business world such as former F1 motor racing boss Bernie Ecclestone, Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United.

Bestway chief executive Zameer Choudrey and family are at number 113 on the list with wealth put at £1.2 billion.

John Apthorp and family, who own a 17.5% stake in Majestic Wine, rose 20 places on the list this year, with a combined fortune of £268 million, up £25 million in 2017.

Tony and Barbara Laithwaite, founders of the Laithwaites direct selling wine operation, are also on the list with wealth estimated by The Sunday Times at £162 million.

Yevgeny Chichvarkin, owner of London’s Hedonism wines, also appears on the list, with a personal fortune put at £120 million.

The highest ranked drinks manufacturing figures are majority Heineken shareholder Charlene de Carvalhao-Heineken and her husband Michel, who appear at number six with a combined fortune of £11.1 billion.

Glenn Gordon and family, owners of Glenfiddich whisky producer William Grant, are number 55, with their estimated wealth revised upwards by £202 million this year to £2.6 billion.

Fever-Tree tonic co-founder Charles Roll moved 177 places up this year’s Rich List, to 372, adding £131 million to his existing fortune of £209 million. Warrilow is further down the list on £167 million.