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Michael Shanly
Construction
Rank 2017
270
Worth
£465m
Rise/fall
£45m

Shanly, 71, owns Shanly Group, a Beaconsfield-based business that builds around 400 homes a year and has completed more than 1,000 development sites in southeast England including Thames Ditton and other desirable locations. The two largest Shanly companies – Sorbon Homes and Sorbon Investments – made nearly £60m on sales of £177m in 2015-16, with combined assets of almost £300m, a rise of about £50m. The Shanly Foundation has donated more than £10m to schools, woodland projects, youth clubs and other causes.