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While many go hungry, London tops list as world's wealthiest city

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/11/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

British capital is home to majority of world's billionaires

It's cold, foggy and rainy most of the year. No matter: London, England hosts the most billionaires in the world - far away from the expected sunny travel sports one sees in brochures. Furthermore, tiny Britain has more billionaires per head of population than any other country, according to new data.

On the other side of the coin, the Trussell Trust, Britain's largest food bank network, said the number of people that had approached them for emergency food had risen 163 percent in the year to the end of March to just over 913,000 people.

On the other side of the coin, the Trussell Trust, Britain's largest food bank network, said the number of people that had approached them for emergency food had risen 163 percent in the year to the end of March to just over 913,000 people.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/11/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: Billionaires, London, hunger


span style="line-height: 1.22;">LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The revelation of Britain's super-rich may prompt debate in a country where many still struggle financially. Food banks here are a fact of life, despite economic growth recently returning to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crash
London is home to 72 of Britain's 104 sterling billionaires. This places the foggy city far ahead of Moscow in second place with 48 people worth the equivalent of one billion pounds or more. New York is in third place with 43 billionaires, San Francisco in fourth place with 42, Los Angeles has 38 and Hong Kong in sixth place with 34.

Indian-born brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja top the British list with a fortune of $20.1 billion in U.S. Dollars. |The brothers' cache has been amassed through the family-owned Hinduja Group, which has interests in oil, banking, the automotive industry, property and the media.

The pair nudged last year's top of the billionaire list, Alisher Usmanov, to second place. The Uzbekistan-born Russian's fortune has been hit by the fall in value of the ruble and Russian stock prices due to the Ukraine crisis.

Others crowding the top 25 include Ukrainian-born Internet, chemicals and music industry investor Len Blavatnik in fourth place, property magnate the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, in tenth place, and Saudi-born Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and his family, known for their hotel and resort investments, in thirteenth place.

It's been a good year overall for the United Kingdom. It's the first year the minimum wealth of Britain's 50 richest people has topped 1.5 billion pounds. Only 700 million pounds was needed to join the exclusive club a decade ago.

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Britain's 104 billionaires have a total wealth of 301.13 billion pounds, compared to 88 a year ago with a combined worth of 245.66 billion pounds.

On the other side of the coin, the Trussell Trust, Britain's largest food bank network, said the number of people that had approached them for emergency food had risen 163 percent in the year to the end of March to just over 913,000 people.

This figure is "shocking," particularly as it does not include those helped by other food providers or the large number of people too ashamed to seek help and who cope by eating less food.

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