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Leon Max
Fashion
Rank 2017
296
Worth
£410m
Rise/fall
£10m

Russian-born designer Max, 63, began his career in the costume department of the Kirov Ballet before launching his Max Studio fashion business in 1979 after going to work in America's rag trade. He bought the 600-acre Easton Neston estate in Northamptonshire in 2005 for £15m from Lord Hesketh and in 2010 purchased Madonna's former Hollywood Hills home for £4.4m. His operation has annual sales of more than £625m, but while his fortune has been put at £1bn we are more conservative at £410m.