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John Kirkland and family
Construction
Rank 2017
286=
Worth
£425m
Rise/fall
£100m
Derbyshire-based construction, engineering and development group Bowmer & Kirkland was founded in 1923 by joiner Alfred Bowmer and Robert Kirkland, a bricklayer. His grandson John, 79, has been chairman since 1976. The company’s profits rose from £27.1m to £39.1m on £848.2m sales in the year to August 2015. With £320.8m net assets the business is easily worth £400m. Other wealth takes the Kirklands to £425m.