BUSINESSMEN with Kirklees connections are among the ranks of Yorkshire’s richest entrepreneurs.
Batley-born Lawrence Tomlinson, Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle and Thornton and Ross chairman Jonathan Thornton are among those in the list drawn up by Queen’s banker Coutts.
Mr Tomlinson, 47, chairman of Leeds-based LNT Group, is sixth in the rankings with an estimated fortune of £400m. His group has interests in construction, care homes, chemicals and car manufacturing.
Mr Hoyle and his wife Janet, both 44, have a family fortune of £154m, according to the listing, which ranks them at 15. They sold their Card Factory greetings card business for £350m in 2010.
Former Town chairman Barry Rubery, 64, is joint 19th with £120m, The co-founder of TV set top box maker Pace sold his shares in 1999 and now runs a number of high-tech ventures.
John Cotton and family, who head the bedding manufacturing business at Mirfield, are joint 40th with £60m. The group made profits of £7.8m last year.
Jonathan Thornton, 54, and family share 40th sport at £60m. The family pharmaceutical firm Thornton and Ross was formed in 1922 and has expanded into healthcare products as well as disinfectants and household products.
Brothers Gurchair and Gurnaik Chima, who founded women's’ wear chain Bon Marché, are joint 50th on the list with a £50m fortune.
The brothers, who began their careers on market stalls, sold their 70% stake in the retail chain for £40m in cash and shares, but stayed on to run the business.
Former Town chairman Graham Leslie is joint 76th in the rankings with £38m. Mr Leslie, 65, started pharmaceuticals firm Galpharm in 1982 with a £5,000 bank loan. The business was sold for £44m in 2008.
The total value of the top 100 working millionaires in the region fell by £300m to £11.2bn during the past 12 months.
The list includes 38 industrialists and 12 retailers with property, food production and car sales well represented.