Tony Gallagher
Rank 2017

Midlands property man Gallagher, 65, sold his strategic land business Gallagher Estates for £525m earlier this year. He is to use the proceeds to build a £1bn private rented sector business with a portfolio of expensive properties in London and other big cities. Gallagher has developed, invested or worked on more than 100 retail or industrial projects across the country. We see £116.5m of net assets in other companies and there is a further £210m wealth. Last October he hosted a party for David Cameron’s 50th birthday at his Oxfordshire mansion. He donated £110,000 to the Tories last year, placing him among the 20 largest political donors in 2016.