Map Shows Where the UK’s Self-Made Billionaires Were Born

Map Shows Where the UK’s Self-Made Billionaires Were Born

With a GDP of $3.847 trillion in 2023, the United Kingdom is currently the 10th wealthiest country in the world, according to the International Monetary Fund. Some of this wealth is concentrated in only a handful of people, and in April, Forbes published its 2023 Billionaires List, which included 52 billionaires with British citizenship.

Interestingly, most of those featured in the Forbes list did not inherit their fortune, but in fact started with little to nothing, and managed to build impressive business empires through their ambition, strong work ethic, and entrepreneurial spirit. Many other factors contribute to financial success though, one of which is where you were born and raised. So, the team at SuperCasinoSites decided to identify the locations where the most self-made billionaires were born. It turns out many billionaires were born, and grew up, in or around London.


To find the places that gave the UK the most billionaires, the team at SuperCasinoSites took all 52 individuals who are citizens of the UK from the 2023 Forbes Billionaire List and excluded the very few billionaires who inherited their wealth from their parents. We also sifted out those who were not born in the UK, including individuals born in territories that are no longer under British rule such as Bombay or Kuala Lumpur.

The resulting list of 33 self-made billionaires was, however, incomplete as for many of these entries, personal information such as birthplace is not readily available via their Forbes profile or dedicated pages on Wikipedia. So, we looked at birth and marriage records on the FindMyPast website, which provides transcripts of civil records from England and Wales including births between 1837-2006, civil marriage records, and more. By this point, no billionaires from Scotland or Northern Ireland were left on our list.

It should be noted that each billionaire’s net worth is shown in U.S. dollars since this is the currency used by the folks at Forbes. We also calculated it in Great British Pounds (GBP) based on the exchange rate at the time of writing, where $1 is equivalent to approximately £0.78.

Another consideration when calculating the UK’s best regions for billionaires is, due to moving county boundaries, some towns and cities cited as the birthplace of a billionaire were historically incorporated in a different county. Take Croydon as an example: until 1965, it was part of the county of Surrey and a county borough. It was then amalgamated into Greater London and is now part of the London Borough of Croydon in Outer London. To make some distinction between the places that have been within city limits for centuries, and those incorporated within the past few decades, we listed the towns and districts in Inner London as “London”. Those located in Outer London are listed separately.

This Is Where the UK’s Self-Made Billionaires Were Born

London emerges as the place where the UK’s self-made billionaires are most likely to be born, with 7 individuals coming from districts and areas within Inner London. This is hardly a surprise as, compared to their peers born and raised in other parts of the country, those born and living in the central parts of the capital typically have better access to elite schools, which provide a solid foundation for higher education, and hence better career opportunities.

Inner London

The richest person born within the boundaries of Inner London is businessman and investor Joe Lewis, who has an estimated net worth of $6 billion, or £4.68 billion. Born in 1937, he and his family lived above a pub in Bow in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. World famous billionaire Richard Branson, the man behind the Virgin Group and whose net worth is $3.40 billion or £2.65 billion, was born in Blackheath, an area that sits between the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.

The other billionaires native to Inner London are Laurence Graff, with a net worth of $3.40 bn/ £2.65 bn, Christopher Rokos with $1.50 bn/ £1.17 bn, Bernard Lewis with a net worth of $1.40bn/ £1.09 bn, Richard Desmond with a net worth of $1.20 bn/£0.94 bn, and Cristina Green with a net worth of $1.1 bn/ £0.86 bn.

Outer London Boroughs

Ealing, a London borough, is the birthplace of two billionaires, but it is listed here separately from London as it is located in Outer London. Brothers Ian and Richard Livingstone, each worth $4.3 billion, or £3.35 billion according to Forbes, were educated at St Paul’s School, one of the leading private schools in London. It is unclear where exactly they were born but according to online sources, their family lived in Ealing.

Bromley, another borough in Outer London, is where two more self-made billionaires were born. These are Alex Beard, former CEO of oil and gas giant Glencore, who is now ranked as the 30th richest person in the UK with a wealth estimated at $2.10 billion, or £1.64 billion, and Mark Coombs, CEO of the Ashmore Group. At Ashmore, an asset management firm, Coombs managed to accumulate his vast fortune estimated at around $1.80 billion, or £1.40 billion.


Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire is the birthplace of the billionaire siblings Denise Coates and John Coates, who are co-CEOs of the online gambling platform bet365. Its founder, Denise Coates, has an estimated net worth of $6.80 billion, or £5.30 billion, and is the wealthiest female executive in the UK. Her brother has a wealth of $3.10 billion, or £2.42 billion, making him the 23rd richest individual in the UK.

Regions with the Most Self-Made Billionaires per Capita

If we want to see the actual concentration of self-made billionaires, we need to take the population figures into account, as well. Once again, London comes on top, being the birthplace of 1.7 billionaires per 1 million people. No regions of Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland are included here simply because the 2023 Forbes Billionaire List does not feature self-made billionaires who were born there.

With 5 billionaires in total or 0.84 per million residents, England’s West Midlands ranks second, followed by the East Midlands with 3 self-made billionaires or 0.61 per one million people. England’s North West region has 4 billionaires for a population of roughly 7.4 million, so it ranks fourth with 0.54 self-made billionaires per 1 million residents.

Industries That Helped the Most People Join the Billionaire’s Club

No career path can guarantee long-term success, but working in particular sectors may prove to be a smart choice for those striving to become billionaires. Eight individuals from the 2023 Forbes Billionaire List generated their wealth in the financial sector. Most of them started out working for large companies but later focused on their own businesses, managing hedge funds or offering various other financial services.

Those eight include the second-richest person in the UK, Michael Platt, who as a co-founder of BlueCrest, Europe’s third-largest hedge-fund firm, now has a net worth of $16 billion, or £12.47 billion. Christopher Hohn, another billionaire hedge fund manager, is the 7th richest person on our list. Hohn, who has a wealth of $6.70 billion, or £5.22 billion, was also listed by Forbes as one of the world’s most generous philanthropists.

Outside of finance and investments, the industry that has helped the most people from the UK join the dollar-billionaire club is fashion and retail. A great example of this is Mike Ashley, who established Sports Direct, now part of the Frasers Group, back in the 1980s, and through various acquisitions and investments, he turned the company into the UK’s largest sports-goods retailer. Ashley is a successful business executive, entrepreneur, and a former owner of Newcastle United F.C.

Raw Data

UK Rank Name Age Birthplace County Source of Wealth Industry Additional Net Worth
1 James Ratcliffe 70 Failsworth Greater Manchester Chemicals, INEOS Group Manufacturing $22.90
2 Michael Platt 54 Preston Lancashire Hedge funds, BlueCrest Capital Management Finance & Investments Investments $16
3 James Dyson 76 Cromer Norfolk Vacuums Manufacturing Investments $9.30
4 Andrew Currie 67 Doncaster South Yorkshire Chemicals, INEOS Group Manufacturing $7.60
4 John Reece 66 Sunderland Tyne and Wear Chemicals, INEOS Group Manufacturing $7.60
6 Denise Coates 55 Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire Online gambling, Bet365 Gambling & Casinos $6.80
7 Christopher Hohn 56 Addlestone Surrey Hedge funds, The Children’s Investment Fund Management Finance & Investments Investments $6.70
11 Joe Lewis 86 Bow Greater London Finance & Investments, Tavistock Group, Tottenham Hotspur Finance & Investments $6
14 Michael Ashley 58 Walsall West Midlands Sports retailing, Sports Direct Fashion & Retail Investments $4.80
15 Ian Livingstone 61 Ealing Greater London Real estate, L&R Real Estate $4.30
15 Richard Livingstone 58 Ealing Greater London Real estate, L&R Real Estate $4.30
17 Tom Morris 69 Liverpool Merseyside Retail, Home Bargains Fashion & Retail $3.70
18 Alan Howard 59 Hendon Greater London Hedge funds, Brevan Howard Asset Management Finance & Investments $3.60
19 Richard Branson 73 Blackheath Greater London Virgin Group Diversified $3.40
19 Laurence Graff & family 84 Stepney Greater London Diamond jewelry, Graff Diamonds Fashion & Retail Investments $3.40
23 John Coates 53 Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire Online gambling, Bet365 Gambling & Casinos $3.10
26 John Caudwell 70 Birmingham West Midlands Mobile phones, Phones 4u Telecom Investing $2.90
26 Bernard Ecclestone & family 92 St Peter South Elmham Suffolk Formula One Sports $2.90
29 Peter Hargreaves 76 Clitheroe Lancashire Financial services Finance & Investments $2.40
30 Alex Beard 55 Bromley Greater London Mining, commodities, Glencore Metals & Mining $2.10
30 Dennis Gillings 79 Ilford Greater London Clinical trials Healthcare $2.10
32 Michael Ashcroft 77 Chichester West Sussex Security Finance & Investments $2
34 Simon Nixon 55 Stamford Lincolnshire Price comparison website Technology Investments $1.90
36 Mark Coombs 63 Bromley Greater London Finance, Ashmore Group Finance & Investments $1.80
39 Anthony Langley 68 Nottingham Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Diversified $1.60
40 Christopher Rokos 52 Hammersmith Greater London Hedge fund Finance & Investments $1.50
42 John Bloor 80 Unnamed village Derbyshire Real estate, manufacturing, Triumph Motorcycles Diversified $1.40
42 Bernard Lewis & family 97 Old Street, Central London Greater London Fashion retailer, River Island Fashion & Retail $1.40
45 Richard Desmond 71 Hampstead, London Borough of Camden Greater London Publishing, Northern & Shell Media & Entertainment $1.20
45 Ben Francis 31 Bromsgrove Worcestershire Fitness clothing, Gymshark Fashion & Retail $1.20
48 Cristina Green 74 Paddington Greater London Fashion retail, Topshop Fashion & Retail $1.10
48 Philip Green 71 Croydon Greater London Fashion retail, Topshop Fashion & Retail $1.10
51 Mark Dixon 63 Romford Greater London Office real estate, Regus Real Estate $1