Johan Eliasch
Sports equipment
Rank 2017
Maria Sharapova’s return to competitive tennis at Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix last month was good news for her racket sponsor Head. The sports equipment company controlled by London-based Swede Eliasch was widely criticised for standing by the Russian during her 15-month ban for meldonium use. Head has also sponsored Sir Andy Murray throughout his career and the world No 1’s sparkling form has helped the company serve up a strong performance over the past year. It was floated in 2000 when Eliasch, 55, sold shares worth £87m. It had a market value of £73m when it was delisted in 2015. The Swede also made hefty profits investing in the Scholl health sandal firm.
   In 2007 he bought a tract of Amazon rainforest the size of Greater London for £8m to help the fight against illegal logging. He continues spending more than £20m annually to support Brazilian rainforests. Earlier this year he said Brussels had more to lose from a hard Brexit than the UK, and revealed that German chancellor Angela Merkel told him she wanted a “sensible solution” to Britain’s exit from the EU.