Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay
Born within 10 minutes of one another in 1934, these reclusive British businessmen control substantial business interests in media, retail, and real estate. They own the Howard Hotel overlooking the Thames, the Ritz Hotel in London’s Piccadilly, numerous breweries, casinos, and shipping companies—and even the island of Brecqhou, one of the Channel Islands. Their Shop Direct Group is the United Kingdom's leading online retailer as well as its largest home shopping company, and the pair purchased media company The Telegraph Group in 2004, which includes The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Spectator. The Barclays’ wealth shot up from £1 billion in 2009 to £1.8 billion in 2010,
according to MediaWeek
, making them the wealthiest media moguls in the U.K.