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Sean Quinn tops hospitality rich list

03 May 2007 by
Sean Quinn tops hospitality rich list

Sean Quinn, owner of Quinn hotels and Quinn public houses, topped Mentmore Towers owner Simon Halabi by £50m to become the richest man in hospitality in this year's Sunday Times Rich List with a personal fortune of £3b.

Rising property values boosted the fortunes of many of hospitality's wealthiest entrepreneurs, including Laurel Pub Company and La Tasca owner Robert Tchenguiz (who with brother Vincent is worth £850m, a fortune rising from £490m last year) and Sir Rocco Forte, whose wealth rose from £385m to £450m over 2006.

The Ivy owner Richard Caring is also worth £450m and is closely followed by restaurant entrepreneur Marlon Abela (£400m), London's Docklands hotel tycoon Jasminder Singh (£350m) and pubs and pizza specialist Hugh Osmond (£320m).

EasyHotel owner Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's fortune rocketed from £727m to £1.29b.

The richest woman in hospitality is Julia Hands, who runs the Hand Picked Hotels chain of 14 country-house properties she owns with husband Guy. The second richest woman is design specialist Kit Kemp, who together with husband Tim run an £85m London-centric Firmdale hotel empire.

By Chris Walton

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