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The Hobson family
Property
Rank 2017
264=
Worth
£470m
Rise/fall
-

Sir Ronald Hobson, who died last month aged 96, teamed up with Sir Donald Gosling (qv) after the Second World War to turn London bombsites into car parks. In 1998 they sold parent company National Parking Corporation, collecting about £290m each on top of sizable pre-sale dividends, and in 2004-5 divested themselves of other property operations for a total of £189m. Hobson was knighted in 2006 for his charitable works. With the Hobson Charity showing £51.5m net assets in 2015-16 we keep the family at £470m.