Asia’s among top in ‘Rich list 2019’

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LONDON: Asian diaspora genuinely feels proud over the achievements through relentless hard work and earning respect and deserving place in the British society. Their commendable efforts have been admitted and recognised by the all sections of life including all political parties and the government.

In latest list of rich people in Britain, Hinduja brothers top rankings for third time. Hinduja have a combined net worth of £22bn, the Sunday Times estimates, the billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by £1.356bn in the last year to £22bn, the paper estimates.

Pakistani diaspora also feels proud over the unprecedented achievements of Bestway Group headed by none other than Sir Anwar Pervez. According to the ‘Rich List 2019’, Sir Anwar Pervez and family is present at number six with total assets of £3.534bn.

The list shows Sir Anwar Pervez with £3.534bn, his nephew, CEO of Bestway Group Zameer Choudrey with £1.755bn. He is also Chairman of Conservative Friends of Pakistan (CFoP). Another respectable member of the Group is Younus Sheikh who is Head of ‘Bestway Wholesale’ mentioned in the list with £609m.

Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family don’t just top the richest Asians list — they are also the richest family in Britain, with a net worth of £22bn ($12.9bn). They have business ventures in property, oil and gas, IT, media, banking, property and even healthcare. Over the last year alone, their fortune has jumped by £1.356bn.

Family business the Hinduja Group was founded in Mumbai in 1914, and now has interests around the world including in oil and gas, banking, IT and property.

British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they hope to reopen as a luxury hotel. The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017.

Lakshmi Mittal and his family, which control the largest steelmaker in the world, ArcelorMittal, had a tough year with his wealth depleting by £11m per day due to the slowdown in global demand for the metal.

However, he still came in third place in the richest Asians in Britain list with a net worth of £10.669bn and 11th in the overall richest people in the UK ranking.