The men who built Meadowhall, brothers Eddie and Malcolm Healey, are only the second richest people in Yorkshire according to this weekend’s Sunday Times Rich List.
The pair suffered a £70m loss, taking their net worth to £1.43bn.
Eddie, 78, sold his Parc Trostre retail park, in Llanelli, for £156m in 2014, a fraction of the price achieved for his Meadowhall centre, in Sheffield, which sold for £1.17bn in 1999. Malcolm, 71, sold his Hygena Kitchens business for £200m and then repeated the process in America, selling up for £800m.
They were knocked off the county’s top spot by Robert Miller, who co-founded retail chain Duty Free Shopping in Hong Kong in 1960. The US-born, British citizen, and daughter Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and family, are worth £1.58bn, up £540m on last year. Nationally, they are 65th in the rank of the country’s 1,000 wealthiest people.
Lord Kirkham retains his £1.15bn fortune, ranking third in the county. He began his furniture business in a converted billiard hall and built up the DFS chain into one of the country’s best-known brands. He made £450m for his family when he floated the business in 1993, before taking it private again. A further sale of the business to Advent in 2010 plus dividends earned Kirkham a further £400m.
Sir Ken Morrison, is fifth in the Yorkshire list with £770m, up £37m on last year.
Paul Sykes is worth £690 million, unchanged since 2015. Mr Sykes helped develop Meadowhall with Eddie Healey, cashing in on a share of its sale for £1.2 billion in 1999.
A spokesman for The Sunday Times said: “The list charts the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in the UK and the 250 richest in Ireland.
“It is based on identifiable wealth, including land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies.
“It excludes bank accounts, to which the paper has no access.”
Elsewhere in the Yorkshire 20, Philip Meeson, who runs Jet2.com, has seen the biggest gain in wealth.
His fortune rose to £386m, up £219m and 131 per cent in the year. Profits doubled in the six months to September and he has orderd 27 Boeings to meet demand.
ADELE ROCKS THE RICH LIST WITH HUGE FORTUNE BUT PAUL MCCARTNEY IS STILL NUMBER ONE
Adele has been named as Britain’s second richest ever female musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
A list of the top 50 music millionaires in the UK and Ireland puts the singer’s £85m fortune in 30th place overall - an increase of £35m compared to last year.
The only female singer with a bigger fortune on the list is Irishwoman Enya on £91m.
For the fifth year running Adele is also ranked top of the Young Music Rich List, covering those aged 30 and under.
The 27-year-old’s fortune was boosted by the November release of 25 - her first album in four years.
The singer made her debut on the under-30s list in 2011 in ninth place, but by 2012 she had secured the top spot, a position she has held onto ever since.
Adele is now ranked at number 30 in the overall UK and Ireland music millionaires list, above Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue, and up from 43rd place last year.
She’s one of just three solo women to make it onto the 2016 list.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney topped the overall list of musicians with an estimated £760m fortune.