12 from drinks make rich list

 John Rudd (Berry Bros & Rudd) 569th

John Rudd of wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is worth an estimated £130m.

The company sells wine from around the world, including en primeur wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Italy. The company also sells a number of wines and spirits under its own label.

His fortune is reflected in Berry Bros & Rudd’s online sales in 2011 were “the best ever”, rising 72% with the launch of the merchant’s Berry’s Broking Exchange (BBX).

Over £25m worth of wine was sold through the merchant’s website and BBX during 2011, 72% above 2010. Sales in December alone reached £2.1m.

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