Peter Rigby, chairman of Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH), has been named the UK?s 44th richest person and the wealthiest man in the channel by The Sunday Times rich list.
Worth #350 million, Rigby, who started Birmingham-based SCH with #2,000 savings, has overtaken his last year?s position of 55th place, when he was valued at #100 million less.
Paul Sykes, the main shareholder in hardware vendor and online service provider Planet Group, is the next IT person on the list, having gone up a place from last year?s position of 72nd, with a price tag of #250 million.
Pace Micro Technology?s founder, David Hood, and Robert Madge, who founded his network company 11 years ago, were both rated as the country?s 93rd richest men, valued at #200 million.
Amstrad chairman Alan Su-gar?s rating (110) was not so much due to his stake in the computer firm, which has shrunk to #60 million, but to his #51 million share in Tottenham Hotspur, whose shares are strong.
Other industry leaders in the top 1,000 were: Wilf Corrigan, chairman at LSI logic (#160 million); Sir Peter Michael, head of Micro Consultants (#110 million); David Potter, founder of Psion (#90 million); Computacenter?s founders Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden (both worth #70 million); Sage founders Graham Wylie (#66 million) and David Goldman (#53 million); Time Computer directors Tahir Mohsan and Tariq Mohammed (#50 million); Elonex founder Israel Wetrin (#45 million); Steve King, chairman of Datrontech (#28 million); and Sir Stanley Kalms, chairman of Dixons (#25 million).
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