The richest spirits barons in the UK

15th May, 2018 by Amy Hopkins

8. Joe Sloan and Brenda Salters and family

Worth: £142m

Rank in The Sunday Times Rich List 2018: 828

Rank in 2017: 840

Rise/fall: +£12m

SHS founder Joe Sloan and his family are the eighth richest in the UK spirits industry. Belfast-based drinks marketing and distribution firm SHS was founded in 1975 by Sloan and his late business partner Geoff Salters, and is known for producing the WKD brand.

Salters’ widow, Brenda Salters, owns and 50% stake the business and jointly occupies the Rich List’s 828th spot. According to The Sunday Times, SHS made a £5 profit in its first year of operation.

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