Lord Harris and family
Home furnishing
Rank 2017

Harris, 74, took over the family carpet firm at the age of 15 after his father’s death. He sold Harris Queensway in 1988, netting £69m, and set up Carpetright. When he stood down as chairman of the Essex-based business in 2014 it had annual sales of nearly £500m. His son Martin runs the flooring start-up Tapi, backed by investors including Lord Kirkham (qv) and Sir Harry Djanogly (qv). The Tory peer's charitable work includes the Harris Federation of 41 academy schools.