The British tech scene can’t help but compare itself enviously to Silicon Valley.
It doesn’t have the multi-hundred-billion-dollar tech giants like Facebook and Google, or the 11-digit billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and bill Gates.
But at the end of the day, the British tech scene has still produced significant fortunes — including more than half a dozen billionaires.
The Sunday Times has just released the 2017 edition of its annual Rich List of the wealthiest people in Britain. From Autonomy’s Mike Lynch to Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström, there’s significant numbers of tech figures present.
Business Insider has rounded up the 25 wealthiest tech entrepreneurs and investors in Britain today. (You can see the full list over at The Sunday Times.)
25. Michael and Xochi Birch — Net worth: £317 million
Where the money came from: Birch started the Bebo social networking site with his wife in 2005. They made £357 million when they sold it to AOL, before buying it back for £600,000 in 2013.
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Overall rank on the Sunday Times Rich List: 317
24. Jan Mol — Net worth: £365 million
Where the money came from: Mol founded software company Volmac in 1966, and now funds his son Michiel’s projects, including space exploration via the Space Expedition Corporation.
Overall rank on the Sunday Times Rich List: =365
23. Peter Wilkinson — Net worth: £385 million
Where the money came from: The veteran entrepreneur founded Sports Internet Group, which was sold to BSkyB for more than £300 million, as well as InTechnology,
Overall rank on the Sunday Times Rich List: =313