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The Sheppard family
Scrap metal
Rank 2017
259=
Worth
£490m
Rise/fall
£50m

Warrington-based European Metal Recycling was founded by the late Phillip Sheppard – known as "the god of metal recycling" – and his son Chris now heads the operation, which made a £56m loss in 2015. The metal industry has been hit hard recently and although the company has £718m net assets, we clip its value to £450m, adding £40m for other interests of the Sheppard family, which owns all of the business.