Forget about royals, Rothschilds, or others bluebloods. Knock bankers and industrialists down a peg. Foreigners occupy the top three spots on the list of Britain's richest people, with Uzbek-born Alisher Usmanov among them.
Usmanov's made his fortune in steel, telecoms, and stocks, and his estimated wealth of more than 12.4 billion pounds ($20 billion) places him second on the list, trailing only Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal's 17.5 billion pounds. The third is Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich.
That's according to the "Sunday Times
" list published in London last weekend.
On a global scale, Usmanov recently ranked 35th on the "Forbes" 2011 list
The 57-year-old tycoon was born in the eastern province of Namangan, in the Ferghana Valley, but later become a Russian citizen. In Central Asia, Usmanov is better known as an oligarch who's a major shareholder of a British soccer club, London's Arsenal.
-- Farangis Najibullah