In February, the number of billionaires was predicted to increase to almost 160, but it fell from four to 147 as the coronavirus pandemic sets in, the Sunday Times said.
A record 25 women billionaires are on the list, which also shows that the overall wealth of the UK’s 1,000 wealthiest people fell by £ 29 billion last year.
The top 10 for 2020 are:
1 Sir James Dyson and his family, household goods and technology, £ 16.2 billion.
= 2 Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family, industry and finance, £ 16 billion.
= 2 David and Simon Reuben, property and the Internet, £ 16 billion.
4 Sir Leonard Blavatnik, investment, music and media, £ 15.78 billion.
5 Ineos chemical giant Sir Jim Ratcliffe, £ 12.15 billion.
6 Kirsten and Jorn Rausing, heritage and investment, £ 12.1 billion.
7 Alisher Usmanov, mines and investments, £ 11.68 billion.
8 Guy, George and Galen Jr Weston and their family, retail, £ 10.53 billion
9 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho, inheritance, brewery and bank, £ 10.3 billion.
ten The Duke of Westminster and the Grosvenor family, property, £ 10.29 billion.
List compiler Robert Watts said: “Since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the wealthiest people in Britain have grown wealthier.
“Covid-19 called time on its golden period. This year’s rich list portrays a picture of Britain on the brink of disaster – two months after the foreclosure and billions of pounds have already been wiped out.
“You may not like the super-rich, but it’s hard to deny that our economy will need the jobs they create and the taxes they and their businesses pay if we are to escape a recession that causes even more misery for millions of people. ”
The full list of the 1,000 wealthiest people in the UK will be released on Sunday.