John Whittaker and family
Rank 2017

Peel Holdings, three-quarters owned by the Whittaker family trust, has its main office at the top of Manchester's Trafford Centre. Bury-born Whittaker, 75, who is based on the Isle of Man, plans a £5.5bn Merseyside regeneration scheme called Liverpool Waters. His assets cover shopping centres, ports, airports, land and Salford's MediaCity, home to large elements of the BBC as well as the set for Coronation Street.
   The Trafford Centre is part of the quoted Intu Properties, which owns shopping centres around the country. Peel has a £986m stake in Intu despite the share price being under pressure for the past year. His aviation group owns Liverpool John Lennon airport and he netted a handsome return from the takeover of Pinewood Shepperton studios, in which he retains a stake worth £126m. We see £2bn of net assets in three main Peel companies in 2014-15.