TWO Huddersfield brothers are Yorkshire's wealthiest Asian businessmen, it emerged today.
Gurchait and Gurnaik Chima, who founded Grange Moor-based fashion chain Bon Marche, feature in the Asian Rich List.
They are among 13 Asians from Yorkshire to appear in the annual list of 300 wealthiest Asians compiled by The Sunday Times.
The Chima brothers - credited with a joint fortune of £50m - built up Bon Marche from a stall at Huddersfield open market in 1982.
They netted £9.5m when they sold the business to retail group Peacocks for £51.3m in July, 2002.
Two years later, they paid an undisclosed sum for Amatexa, which makes garments in Romania and the Far East for Bon Marche and Peacocks.
The annual Asian Rich List also features Raj Chata and family, worth an estimated £42m, who own beer and wine business EFB with depots in Huddersfield and Halifax.
London-based steel tycoon Lakshmi Mitaal - who has hit the headlines with his takeover bid for rival Arcelor - heads the list with a £14.8bn fortune. He is the third wealthiest person in the world.
The Hinduja brothers, Srichand and Gopichand, are runners-up with a fortune of £3.6bn.
But only 22 women are among the top 300 Asian entrepreneurs, including Meena Pathak, of the Pathak spices empire.
The vast majority of Asian millionaires on the list live in London and the South East (187), with the Midlands (38) and the North West (31), the second and third most popular locations.
Cash and carry/wholesaling and industry are the two biggest sector in terms of Asian millionaires.
The list was compiled by Dr Philip Beresford, author of the Sunday Times Rich List.
A computer engineer who developed the gambling software for a phenomenally successful online casino and poker company rated high on the national list.
Indian-born Anurag Dikshit, co-founder of PartyGaming, rocketed to number three, with an estimated fortune of £1.7 billion.
The 34-year-old's success comes less than a decade after he created the software, which allowed thousands of gamblers to bet online at the same time, 24 hours a day.
He is one of four new entries in the top 10 of the Sunrise Radio Asian Rich List 300, officially revealed at a press conference in London today.
Dikshit's meteoric rise is typical of many of the Asian entrepreneurs on the list, who emigrated abroad at a young age and exploited their business acumen in the West.
Dikshit, pronounced Dixit, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi in 1994, and worked for a software developer in the USA the following year.
His life changed when he met entrepreneur Ruth Parasol, who had made a small fortune in online pornography, but by 1998 was looking at moving into the "next big thing" - online gambling.
Dikshit, who was just 25, was asked to create the programmes for casino games such as roulette.
Parasol considered Dikshit's skills so crucial to the future success of the business, that she allocated him 32% of the shares in the company.
They launched Party Poker in August 2001, and cashed in on the booming interest in online gaming in America and Europe.
The PartyGaming websites, which make £500 a minute, proved so successful that it had to update its technology to allow 70,000 gamblers to play online at the same time.
The company floated on the stock exchange last year, turning Dikshit into a billionaire overnight.
His friend Vikrant Bhargava, who he recruited to head the company's Caribbean operations, also appears in the rich list at number six.
The combined wealth of the 300 Asian multimillionaires has risen from £24.9bn in 2005, to a total of £35.5bn - an increase of 42.6%.
Asian rich list:
1 Gurchait and Gurnaik Chima, £50m, Amatexa
2 Raj Chatha and family, £42m, EFB
3 Madan Showan and family, £35m Empire Electro Centres
4 Jaswant Singh and family, £35m, Empire Electro Centres
5 Dilbag Singh and family, £30m, L&B Developments
6 Mohammed Zafar, £20m, Hick Lane Bedding
7 Mitu Misra, £15.5m, Style Group
8 Manmohan and Jasvincer Singh, £15.2m, Maharaja Textiles
9 Mumtaz Khan Akbar and family, £15m, Mumtazz Food Industries
10 Mohammed Ayub and family, £13m, Highgate Beds