UK’s richest spirits barons

19th May, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

From a co-founder of Fever-Tree to the families behind Scotch whisky firms Gordon & MacPhail and William Grant & Sons, we reveal the spirits owners with the biggest fortunes in the UK according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020.


Gordon & MacPhail’s Ewen Mackintosh (left) with Stuart Urquhart (right)

Last weekend, The Sunday Times revealed its 2020 Rich List, which recorded the rise and fall of the UK’s wealthiest individuals.

One Scottish drinks firm has managed to maintain its top spot, while this year’s list also welcomed the family behind Scotch whisky firm Gordon & MacPhail.

Just missing out on a spot, and a new entry to the Rich List at 944, were brothers Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, founders of spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange. Together, they are reportedly worth £127 million (US$155.5m).

Meanwhile, Fever-Tree co-founder Tim Warrilow was also a near-miss in the top 10 line-up. After occupying the 10th spot on our list last year, Warrilow’s fortune fell by £82m (US$100.4m) to £123m (US$150.5m).

Click through the following pages for more information on the wealthiest families and individuals in the UK spirits industry.

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