The UK’s richest spirits tycoons

14th May, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

5. James Watt

Worth: £262m

Rank in The Sunday Times Rich List 2019: 475

Rank in 2018: 461

Rise/fall: –

James Watt, along with Dickie, has established Aberdeenshire-based BrewDog as a global brand.

Earlier this year, the company’s spirits arm BrewDog Distilling unveiled new brands of gin and vodka, a series of limited edition whiskies created to pair with craft beer, and a redesign of its Lone Wolf Gin bottle.

In 2017, TSG Consumer Partners bought a 23% stake in the company for £213m (US$276m), valuing BrewDog at £1bn (US$1.3bn). Watt has a 25% holding worth £242m (US$313m), plus wealth elsewhere.

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