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Billionaire Hunter tops rich list
Sir Tom Hunter
Sir Tom retains his place at the top of Scotland's rich list
Sir Tom Hunter has become Scotland's first home-grown billionaire.

Ranking 60th equal in the UK, the founder of the Sports Division retail chain, has 1.05bn, retaining his title at the top of Scotland's rich list.

Gains were made by Stagecoach bosses Brian Souter and Ann Gloag, whose wealth has almost doubled to 770m, taking them to fifth place in Scotland.

Dundee's DC Thomson family has entered the top 10 after almost doubling its wealth from 320m to 634m.

SCOTLAND'S RICH LIST
Sir Tom Hunter (property and sports goods) 1.05bn
The Grant and Gordon family (spirits) 900m
Keith Miller (construction) 810m
Brian Souter and Ann Gloag (transport) 770m
Sir David Murray (property and football) 750m
Lord Laidlaw (conferences and media) 730m
The Thomson family (media) 634m
Sir Ian Wood (oil services and fishing) 634m
Joanne Rowling (novels and films) 545m
Jim McColl (engineering) 435m

Author JK Rowling's wealth has risen slightly to 545m ahead of this summer's publication of the final instalment in her Harry Potter series of seven books.

She slips one place in the Scottish rankings, but with the movie of the fifth Potter book also due out, her fortune is likely to rise sharply in 2008.

Scotland had four more entries in this year's UK rich list.

A total of 65 men and women born, living or making their money in Scotland make this year's rich list.

The 19th annual Sunday Times Rich List - the definitive guide to wealth in Britain and Ireland - 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).




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