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Sir Tom richest man in Scotland
Sir Tom Hunter
Sir Tom Hunter has donated large sums of his fortune to charity
Sir Tom Hunter has regained his title as the richest person in Scotland.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, the founder of the Sports Division retail chain, has 780m.

However, he has given away large sums of his fortune, last year pledging 60m to help the fight against global poverty.

Lord Laidlaw is Scotland's second richest person while Rangers chairman David Murray slipped to fifth place from third with 650m.

Author JK Rowling also moved down the table from fourth place to eighth with her 550m fortune, while The Grant and Gordon whisky family jumped from eighth place to third.

Sir Tom, 44, is ranked in 72nd place in the UK list.

TEN RICHEST PEOPLE IN SCOTLAND
Sir Tom Hunter (property and sports goods) 780m
Lord Laidlaw (conferences and media) 730m
The Grant and Gordon Family (whisky) 725m
Keith Miller (construction) 715m
David Murray (property and football) 650m
Sir Ian Wood (oil services and fishing) 634m
Harry Dobson (mining and football) 550m
Joanne Rowling (novels and films) 520m
Brian Souter and Ann Gloag (transport) 395m
Sir Arnold Clark (car sales) 385m

He netted 290m selling Sports Division to JJB Sports in 1998.

He has made a string of investments, most recently taking a 77m stake in Wyevale Garden Centres and in Travelodge Hotels and the Spirit Pub Groups.

He has pledged 100m to the Hunter Foundation, set up by both him and his wife to invest in enterprise and educational initiatives aimed largely at children.

A Live 8 and Unicef supporter, he also gave more than 10% of his wealth (about 80m) to charity last year.

The 18th annual Sunday Times Rich List - the definitive guide to wealth in Britain and Ireland - is published in a special 104-page supplement, which profiles the 1,000 richest people and families in the UK.

The list is based on identifiable wealth (land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies), and excludes bank accounts (to which the paper has no access).




SEE ALSO:
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Rowling joins Forbes billionaires
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