Andy Currie
Rank 2017
Currie, 61, has been a director of chemicals giant Ineos since 1999, a year after the company was founded by majority owner and fellow billionaire Jim Ratcliffe (qv). Currie, who has a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge, started his career at BP Chemicals, spending 15 years in technical and managerial roles, before becoming a director at Inspec Group, the former parent of Ineos. In 2010, to save an estimated £100m a year in corporation tax, Ratcliffe and almost two dozen executives decamped to Switzerland but returned in May last year. The operation made £2.7bn profit on £18.1bn sales in 2015. Hampshire-based Currie has a 20% stake in Ineos Capital, the controlling company, with his share estimated to be worth £2.05bn.

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