Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden features on vocational rich list

Jamie Oliver and Ron Dennis also make the top 100

Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and motor racing boss Ron Dennis  all feature in a new rich list designed to demonstrate the importance of vocational qualifications.

The City & Guilds Vocational Rich List, released today, ranks the 100 wealthiest Britons to have made their fortune through apprenticeships and other practical qualifications, rather than an academic degree.

The list is topped by JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, with a fortune of £2.15bn. Diamond magnate Laurence Graff came in second with £2bn, closely followed by property tycoon John Caudwell, serial inventor Sir James Dyson and telecoms chief Sir Terry Matthews.

Meaden, one of Britain’s best-known female entrepreneurs, came in at number 63 with a fortune of £40m. Meanwhile Dennis took 20th place with £177m, and Oliver came in 33rd with £106m.

The list has been compiled in support of WorldSkills London 2011, the world’s largest vocational skills qualification. Speaking about WorldSkills, Meaden says:

“As someone who set up their own business at a young age, I know only too well how important it is to have the right skills and the right attitude to become successful.

“Skills really do mean business, and I hope that (WorldSkills) inspires people to think about different ways to achieve their goals.”

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