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Russian Billionaire Tops Britain's Rich List

Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov
Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov
Russian metals magnate Alisher Usmanov has topped the "Sunday Times" list of the wealthiest people in Britain and Ireland.

The 59-year-old, Uzbekistan-born owner of iron-ore producer Metalloinvest and of a 30 percent stake in the Arsenal soccer club has an estimated fortune of $20.3 billion.

Usmanov owns Sutton Place, the former residence of oil baron J. Paul Getty, and a mansion in London.

Second place on the list went to fellow Russian Len Blavatnik, who owns Warner Music and who last month sold a stake in oil giant TNK-BP for $2 billion.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich -- owner of the Chelsea soccer club -- was ranked fifth.

According to the "Sunday Times" list, the top 200 richest people in Britain have a combined wealth of $485 billion.

Based on reporting by AFP, "The Telegraph," and "The Sunday Times"

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