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Urs Schwarzenbach
Foreign exchange
Rank 2017
144=
Worth
£900m
Rise/fall
£160m
Swiss customs officials seized more than 30 artworks in March in a raid on Schwarzenbach’s Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich, demanding payment of £9.8m in duties and fines relating to his art collection, which includes works by Joan Miro and Andy Warhol. Henley-based Schwarzenbach, 68, a friend of Prince Charles, has denied intentional wrongdoing. Having made his wealth via Interexchange, Switzerland’s largest foreign-exchange dealership, he paid £39m for the Buckinghamshire village of Hambleden – a location for TV dramas such as Midsomer Murders. Bilan puts his fortune at £988m in its 2016 Swiss rich list but we clip that figure back as about a fifth of his art collection is in the hands of the authorities.