Alan Parker
Duty-free shopping
Rank 2017

The Parker family’s Oak Foundation charity increased its spending to £175m last year, with a new focus on the illegal wildlife trade, Brazil and climate justice. It has helped more than 300 organisations in at least 39 different countries. British-born accountant Parker made his fortune at Hong Kong-based Duty Free Shoppers, co-founded by Robert Miller (qv), netting about $840m for his 20% stake at its 1997 takeover by luxury goods giant LVMH. Parker, 78, who lives in Geneva, received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from Maine’s Colby College in the US in recognition of his generosity. With other assets and after his consistent charitable giving, we put him at £2.766bn.