EG Rich List: Hemmings’ wealth drops £700m

Blackpool Tower and Northern Trust owner Trevor Hemmings is down to his last £300m after suffering a dramatic decline in wealth, according to the Estates Gazette Rich List 2009.

Estates Gazette put Hemmings' losses down to 'the combination of the banking crash and the severe property downturn'.

Compiled by Sunday Times Rich List author Philip Beresford and Dominic Prince, the EG list features the UK and Ireland's 250 richest property tycoons. Their total wealth fell from £98bn at the market's peak in 2007 to £90bn in 2008 and £69bn this year.

EG reckons there were 18 North Westerners in the 250, more than any other region apart from Ireland and the South East.

Some of the North West names on the list, alongside their position, are:

No. 1 Duke of Westminster, Grosvenor, Cheshire, £6,500m, -£500m

8 John Whittaker, Peel Holdings, Trafford, £1,360m, +£60m

19 Peter Jones & Family, Emerson Developments (Holdings), Cheshire, £556m, -£139m

23 Jim Mellon, Regent Pacific Corporate Finance, Isle of Man, £500m, -£200m

29 Albert Gubay, Anglo International Holdings, North Wales, £480m, -£70m

46 Steve Morgan, Redrow Group, North Wales, £350m, -£80m

52= Trevor Hemmings, Northern Trust Group, Lancashire, £300m, -£730m

52= Brian Kennedy, Weatherseal Holdings, Cheshire, £300m, -£50m

59 Michael Oglesby & Family, Bruntwood Estates, Manchester, £295m, +£105m

92= Alan Murphy, Nikal Investments, Manchester, £180m, -£20m

92= Stuart Wall, Opal Property Group, Manchester, £180m, -£20m

104 Henry Moser & Family, Jerrold Holdings, Manchester, £165m, -£35m

108 Brian Scowcroft, Alard Properties, Cumbria, £160m, -£20m

114 Aneel Mussarat, Classic Properties (Manchester), £150m, -£55m

123 Susan Prescott & the Austin Family, Ethel Austin Properties Holdings, Liverpool, £140m, -£40m

136 William Ainscough & Family, Langtree, Newton-le-Willows, £120m -£46m

183= John Seddon & Family, Seddon Group, Cheshire, £85m, +£20m

183= John Morphet, Pure Leisure, Lancashire, £85m, -£13m

188 Melvyn & Delia Grodner, Atmore Properties, Liverpool, £80m, -£20m

196 David Russell, Property Alliance, Trafford, £75m, -£15m

246 David & Karen Gladman, Gladman Developments, Cheshire, £47m, -£3m

Notable absentees from the list include Urban Splash co-founder and chairman Tom Bloxham, Hugh Frost and family of the Beetham Organisation and Artisan's Carol Ainscow.

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