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Benzion Freshwater and family
Property
Rank 2017
80
Worth
£1,594m
Rise/fall
£164m

Freshwater, 69, and his family own 80% of the £1bn London property group Daejan Holdings, whose portfolio includes Africa House, Berwick House and other prize sites across the capital, along with a substantial US estate. Three additional main companies, Highdorn, Metropolitan Properties and Centremanor, showed £1.352bn net assets between them, but we cut these to £700m to allow for double counting and any charitable stakes. There is £94m in past dividends and other interests.