Led by NRI steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, five people of Indian origin have made it to the top 150 of The Sunday Times Rich List 2008 by the leading media house in UK.Lakshmi Mittal has been ranked Britain’s richest resident for the fourth year in a row.According to the Sunday Times newspaper, the five richest Indians who have made it to the coveted list are besides steel baron Mittal and family, the Hinduja brothers Sri and Gopi Sterlite Industries founder Anil Agarwal, NRI business tycoon Lord Swraj Paul and family, and Anurag Dikshit, co-founder of online poker company online poker company PartyGaming.
"This year we have 75 billionaires in London, up from 68 in 2007. But 40 of the 75 come from countries such as Israel, Germany, Russia and India, as well as Scandanavia," The Sunday Times said.The steel baron Lakshmi Mittal with a wealth of 27,700 million pound consolidated his position at the top by acquiring the world’s leading steel company Arcelor last year.
The combined business, ArcelorMittal, produces 115 million tonnes of steel a year and accounts for 10 percent of market."Mittal is now the sixth richest person in the world and far ahead of any other billionaire in Britain," the publication added.
Meanwhile, the Hinduja brothers with a fortune of 6,200 million pounds are ranked fourth in the league of richest people in Britain.
"The Hinduja property portfolio in India is growing with plans to develop sites in Bangalore and Hyderabad, each valued at about 2 billion pounds. The brothers have substantial assets in the Middle East and Europe," The Sunday Times said.