The 15 richest Brits in drinks

3. Glenn Gordon and family

Fifth-generation Kirsten Grant Meikle

Position 2019: 54

Position 2020: 49

Worth: £3.186 billion

Rise/fall: +£304m

Sources: Spirits

William Grant & Sons was founded by the Grant Gordon family in 1887. Now run by the fifth generation of Grant’s descendants, it has grown to become one of the leading players in the international spirits trade.

It produces some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Grant’s. In addition, it also produces Irish whiskey Tullamore D.E.W  and recently acquired the Drambuie liqueur brand.

This year, William Grant & Sons has shifted production at three of its distilleries to make 5 million litres of ethanol to make hand sanitiser, as the industry rallies together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Glenn Gordon was pipped to the post as this year’s richest Scotsman by Danish landowner Anders Povlsen, who came 32nd overall.

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