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£53m Beckham lags behind super rich

Mar 5 2004


England skipper David Beckham may be the country's wealthiest footballer but he fails to make it on to an exclusive rich list of the UK's 300 wealthiest people.

The Mail on Sunday Rich Report 2004 claims Beckham is worth £53 million, more than double the £24 million banked by Alan Shearer, his England predecessor and the second richest soccer star.

Despite his riches Beckham fails to make it on to the list, which is published on Sunday and claims to feature the UK's richest 300 people. Even the lowest placed are worth a cool £125 million.

The only sportsman to be included is ex-heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, who takes 296th place with an estimated fortune of £130 million.

Stars from the world of entertainment include singer Tom Jones, ranked 230th with £130 million and Sir Elton John, ranked 181st with £225 million.

Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is listed at 43rd, with a personal fortune of £725 million.

Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones, having married the multi-millionaire actor Michael Douglas, comes 212th with £195 million.

Gavyn Davies, who resigned as chairman of the BBC after the Hutton Inquiry, is ranked 254th, with £157 million.

Business magnates include supermarket boss Sir Ken Morrison, who comes 16th on the list with £1.45 billion. Turkey king Bernard Matthews is ranked 256th, having made £156 million from his "bootiful" poultry.

Kirsten Rausing, heiress to the Tetrapak milk carton fortune, is ranked 11th, with £2 billion. The Queen is ranked at 26th in the report, with £1.05 billion to her name.


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