Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan
Rank 2017

Boparan, dubbed the "Chicken King", is determined to make Bernard Matthews turkeys “bootiful” again. His Boparan Private Office gobbled up the famous poultry producer out of administration last September, helping to safeguard the future of more than 2,000 jobs and just over 400 farms across Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire – but the deal is being investigated by the Competitions and Markets Authority.
   Boporan, 50, started work in a butcher’s shop aged 11 and left school at 16. He set up his 2 Sisters operation in 1993 and his West Bromwich empire processes about 6m birds every week. The business also makes frozen, chilled and bakery products for other brands and produces Goodfella’s pizzas, Fox’s biscuits and Matthew Walker Christmas puddings. In 2014-15 2 Sisters achieved sales of £3.14bn but turned in a £54.2m loss. Despite debt and losses it should be worth at least £300m and past dividends, with the £225.2m net assets of Boparan’s separate Amber Rei Holdings property operation, take him and his wife Baljinder, 50, to £544m.