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Tony and Maureen Wheeler
Publishing
Rank 2017
952=
Worth
£112m
Rise/fall
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Wheeler, 70, and his wife Maureen, 67, founded travel publisher Lonely Planet in 1972. He was born in Bournemouth, but was brought up in Pakistan, the Bahamas and the UK, while she is from Belfast. They arrived in Australia with 27 cents and a camera between them, and their travel diaries started a worldwide publishing phenomenon. Using amateur writers and encouraging authentic colour, Lonely Planet attracted a strong following among backpackers and other adventure-seekers. By 2010 about 100m travel guides had been sold. The BBC bought the business for £131m and later sold it at an £80m loss. The Wheelers have homes in Melbourne and Kensington.