EVERY year, The Sunday Times publishes a list of the country’s richest people.

It estimates the wealthiest thousand people in the UK based on shares, land, property and art, but does not include the amount in bank accounts.

Last year, The Hinduja brothers, owners of an Indian conglomerate company based in Mumbai, came top with a net worth of £20.64 billion.

On the eve of the Rich List 2020, we take a look at the big players with connections to Sussex.

Simon Fuller

Wealth: £455 million

The Argus: Music mogul Simon Fuller. Photo: PAMusic mogul Simon Fuller. Photo: PA

Simon Fuller, 59, is a music mogul who grew up in Hastings. He is the man behind the TV Show American Idol.

He owns XIX Entertainment, a company that has managed the Spice Girls, Andy Murray and David Beckham.

He was given an honorary degree from Brighton University in 2014.

Mr Fuller was 298th on the country’s rich list in 2019, £5 million up from the year before.

Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

Wealth: more than £800 million

The Argus: Archive photo: Paul McCartney outside his home in RyeArchive photo: Paul McCartney outside his home in Rye

Some names on the Rich List 2020 have already been released, and this year Sir Paul McCartney has reportedly increased his wealth by £50 million, gaining him a place in the top 10 of the annual music rich list.

The 77-year-old Beatles star is isolating at home in Rye with his daughter Mary and her family.

He has been the wealthiest musician on the list for several years.

As well as revenue from concerts, he receives earinings from his back catalogue with the Beatles, Wings, and solo career. His wealth also includes the fortune of his wife, American trucking heiress Nancy Shevell.

Hans Rausing and family

Wealth: £9.606 billion

Hans Rausing, from Wadhurst, was a Swedish businessman who made his fortune after inheriting the world’s largest food packaging company Tetra Pak.

The 93-year-old died last year.

He and his wife Märit donated large sums to charities. He ranked 16th on the Rich List 2019.

Before he died, he sold off his stake in the company to his niece and nephew.

The family are expected to rank highly on this year’s list.

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