The Rich List: Who’s in, who’s out, from our area?

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It’s the time of year again to start checking old lottery tickets, searching through the attic for a lost Monet and looking down the back of the sofa for a discarded penny black.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2016 is out - and there are a few recognisable names on there.

Robin Faccenda, of Faccenda Group.

Robin Faccenda, of Faccenda Group.

The list of the richest people in the East Midlands is topped by Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United FC, who has a staggering £2.43bn tucked away - although according to the list he’s somehow lost £1bn in the past year (which seems a bit careless to us...) Mr Ashley is still only the 45th richest person in the country.

The richest person in Northamptonshire is Leon Max, who owns fancy Easton Neston near Towcester. He’s the twelfth richest person in the East Midlands and the 280th richest person in the UK.

Mr Max, born Leonid Maksovich Rodovinsky in Russia, made his £400m fortune selling clothes from his upmarket fashion stable Max Studio.

In 2005, he purchased Easton Neston from Lord Hesketh and converted the 10,000 sq ft of the fire damaged Wren wing of the house, plus the out buildings which were the home of defunct Formula One team Hesketh Racing.

Leon Max and at Easton Neston. 110817GM-A388 ENGPNL00120110817133032

Leon Max and at Easton Neston. 110817GM-A388 ENGPNL00120110817133032

In 2012 Mr Max was given an honorary degree by the University of Northampton.

Poultry magnate Robin Faccenda is the 18th richest person in the East Midlands, with a fortune of £264m. He founded the Faccenda Group which is based in Brackley and supplies fresh chicken products.

Max and Stephen Griggs are at joint 20th on the East Midlands list. The pair own Dr Marten’s shoes which is based in Wollaston. Max Griggs is also a former owner of Rushden and Diamonds FC and it was under their tenure that the club enjoyed league status for a while.

Their wealth is estimated at £250m and they are said to be the 418th richest people in the UK.

Other notable entries on the list are David Ross, whose DRET runs several schools in Northamptonshire including Falconer’s Hill Academy in Daventry, Greenfield and Havelock Primaries in Kettering, Lodge Park Secondary and Rockingham Primary in Corby and Malcolm Arnold and The Arbours in Northampton.

Mr Ross, worth £923m, lives just over the Northants border in Neville Holt hall in rural Leicestershire.

Also in the list is Will Adderley, owner of Dunelm Mill, who lives near Uppingham. He is worth an estimated £1.25bn.

The full list for East Midlands is here:

1) Mike Ashley, worth £2.43bn, down £1.07bn on last year, national rank 45

=2) Will Adderley and family, worth £1.25bn, down £30m on last year, national rank =87

=2) John Bloor, worth £1.25bn, up £225m on last year, national rank =87

=2) Tony Langley, worth £1.125bn, up £28m on last year, national rank =101

5) David Ross, worth £923m, down £77m on last year, national rank 122

6) The Duke of Devonshire, worth £870m, up £20m on last year, national rank 131

7) Freddie Linnett and the Murphy family, worth £595m, up £15m on last year, national rank 204

8) David Wilson and family, worth £527m, up £12m on last year, national rank 223

=9) Michael Cornish and family, worth £500m, no change from last year, national rank =228

=9) Mel Morris, worth £500m, up £100m on last year, national rank =228

11) Sir David Samworth and family, worth £465m, up £10m on last year, national rank =252

12) Leon Max, worth £400m, no change on last year, national rank =280

13) William Parente and family, worth £330m, up £10m on last year, national rank =328

14) John Kirkland and family, worth £325m, up £10m on last year, national rank =33

=15) Sir Harry Djanogly and family, worth £300m, new entry, national rank =350

=15) Lord Heseltine and family, worth £300m, up £20m on last year, national rank =350

17) Tony Wilkinson, worth £275m, down £75m on last year, national rank =384

18) Robin Faccenda and family, worth £264m, down £50m on last year, national rank =399

19) David Clowes , worth £252m, up £30m on last year, national rank 417

=20) Max and Stephen Griggs, up £250m on last year, national rank =418