The richest spirits barons in the UK

15th May, 2018 by Amy Hopkins

9. Leonard Russell and family

Worth: £127m

Rank in The Sunday Times Rich List 2018: 900

Rank in 2017: 896

Rise/fall: +£5m

Leonard Russell is the managing director of independent spirits group Ian Macleod Distillers, maker of the Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead Scotch brands. It is the world’s 10th largest Scotch whisky company, producing and selling more than 15m bottles annually.

In October last year, the group announced plans to restart production at Lowland distillery Rosebank after purchasing the site from Scottish Canals. The following month, Ian Macleod secured an £80m refinancing package to support the revival of the distillery.

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