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Double joy for Dave Whelan

by Ian Mitchelmore. Published Mon 22 Apr 2013 12:21

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has been named in this year's Sunday Times Rich List.

The 76 year-old's fortune rose by £20m this year to cap off a fine month after his Wigan side recently secured a place in the FA Cup final.

His wealth of £160m puts him at 485th on the list of the list of the richest people in the world.

The Latics chairman launched JJB Sports in 1997 before making £190m from its sale in 2007.

Fitness chain Dave Whelan Sports made profits of over £7m in 2011-12 while Wigan-based Pooles Pies was sold for £5m.

Also representing Lancashire on the list is Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings.

The former Blackpool Tower owner is in 148th place with a wealth of over #600m.

The 77 year-old's Chorley-based Northern Trust Group has £102m assets while his Trust Inns had over £90m in 2011-12.

Despite seeing his wealth increase by £35m, Hemmings has fallen down the rankings from 145th last year.

The leisure tycoon has also fallen from tenth to 11th in the regional rankings of the North West's richest.

Lancashire-based businessman Martin Ainscough was also included on the list with over £200m to his name.

The 60 year-old and his brothers took over the Wigan-based company Ainscough Crane Hire in 1984.

It was later sold for £255m in 2007 while there is £18m net assets in Ainscough companies.

The Duke of Westminster tops the regional rankings with a fortune of over £7bn.

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