Tony Murray and family
Plant hire, Property, Fire protection
Rank 2017

At 97, Murray is the oldest person in the Rich List. Born in Paris, he joined the French army in the Second World War but after his homeland surrendered he made it to Britain and served as an RAF navigator. His Wolverhampton-based Andrews Sykes Group, a hire company supplying heating and air-conditioning equipment, showed rising profits of £13.4m on £60.1m sales in 2015, while his London Security fire protection operation in Leeds had assets of £88m. The operations are worth £410m and he also owns six hotels valued at a combined £400m, with another under construction. Murray and sons Jean-Jacques, 48, and Jean-Pierre, 46, are valued at £1.17bn.