Top 10 richest Brits in drinks 2018

9. Tony and Barbara Laithwaite

Tony Laithwaite

Position 2018: 722

Position 2017: 694

Worth: £162m

Rise/fall: +£2m

Sources:  Wine

Laithwaites Wine was founded in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite bought a Ford van and started bringing back wine from Bordeaux to sell in the UK. This turned into Bordeaux Direct, a company whose focus gradually expanded across France and later to Rioja, Bulgaria and Australia.

Nearly half a century on he remains owner of this business, now called Laithwaites Wine, which retains the original direct sourcing ethos from the early days. The company is now part of Direct Wines, a mail order group wholly owned by the Laithwaite family with franchise or distribution agreements in continental Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.

Read our 2015 interview with Tony Laithwaite here.

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