Manfred Gorvy and family
Property, Food
Rank 2017
South African-born accountant Gorvy, 79 last Thursday, founded Hanover Acceptances in 1974. The London-based group's interests range from property and venture capital to African agricultural business and Refresco Gerber, Europe's leading bottler of soft drink and fruit juices. Gorvy paid for the renovation of the Victoria and Albert Museum's lecture theatre, which now takes the name of Gorvy and his wife Lydia. Hanover's adjusted net assets rose sharply to £814m in 2015, when its profits also reached a record £191m. We value the company on the former, adding £40m for other interests and past dividends to the family.