The richest couple in Britain is Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and her husband Michel de Carvalho, according the Sunday Times Rich List.
Every year, the Sunday Times calculates who are the richest people in Britain and release dozens of lists, according to identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies. The calculations do not include the amount contained in people's bank accounts. One of the lists rank the richest husbands and wives in the UK, which includes 70 couples.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, who inherited a 23% controlling stake in the Dutch brewer Heineken in 2002, boosted her fortune to £12bn ($15.5bn), up £900m from the year before. Her husband, Michel, is a banker.
Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli remain in second place with their fortune of £9.711bn. Most of the couple’s fortune comes from Ernesto’s inherited Swiss-based Serono pharmaceuticals group, which was sold in 2006 for $13.3bn. Kirsty, is a former model and singer-songwriter. They have a sizeable property portfolio, which is valued at £200m and even a superyacht, worth £100m.
In third place is actress Salma Hayek and luxury goods magnate François-Henri Pinault — who most recently pledged £88m towards the rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
Pinault is one of the richest people in Europe, thanks to his family’s fashion empire. He is the chairman and CEO of the international luxury group Kering (KER.PA), which owns the Gucci brand. He is also president of the French holding company Groupe Artémis, which owns the fine arts auction house Christie’s.
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Further down the list are a number of famous couples — prominently in the public eye. This includes Amal and George Clooney.
The power couple ranked 38th richest couple in Britain with a fortune of £270m. George Clooney is an Oscar and Golden Globes winning actor and director but snapped up £173m after he sold Diageo of Casamigos, the tequila company he co-founded, in 2017. He also made a massive $40m for his Nespresso adverts. Amal is an international law and human rights lawyer and adds £2m onto the couple’s fortune.
David and Victoria Beckham rank 29th in the couples list after amassing a fortune of £355m from their fashion, music, and sports careers. While overall, they are the 372th richest people in Britain, they were actually one of the 50 biggest taxpayers in The Sunday Times Tax List.
Falling down the list is Sir Philip and Lady Green to 14th, from 6th in the couples list as well as from joint 66th to joint 156th in the overall richest people in Britain list. According to the Sunday Times’ calculations, Green is no longer a billionaire, with the couple’s joint fortune worth now £950m.
Over the last year, the couple lost £1.05bn as Green’s Arcadia Group, which owns clothing brands including Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, was valued as worthless due to the £565m pension debt.