Nathan Kirsh
Cash and carry, Property, Investment
Rank 2017
London-based Kirsh, 85, backed the losing side in the Brexit battle. The South African-born billionaire gave £500,000 to Britain Stronger in Europe, the official Remain campaign group, through his property business Tower Limited Partnership. In 2011 Kirsh bought the landmark City skyscraper Tower 42 (formerly the NatWest Tower) for £282.5m, part of property assets that are worth £940m. He controls the Kirsh Group, which has a 75% stake in the New York cash-and-carry operation Jetro Holdings.
   He made his first fortune in his native Swaziland, founding a corn-milling firm in 1958 before expanding into wholesale food distribution in apartheid South Africa, and then into a variety of other businesses including supermarkets and commercial property development. His charitable endeavours are focused on Swaziland where he has supplied more than 12,000 people with starter capital for small businesses.