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The Hinduja brothers have topped the 2017 list of the richest people in the United Kingdom with a wealth of 16.2 billion pounds, a massive 3.

The annual rich list published Sunday revealed the total wealth of the richest people has gone up in the past 12 months by 83 billion pounds (108 billion USA dollars) to a record 658 billion pounds (855 billion US dollars).

There are now 14 more billionaires in Britain than this time past year, with the number climbing to 134, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List. There were now more UK-based billionaires than before, at 134.

The Mumbai-born David and Simon Reuben, who were at the top position last year, dropped to the third position in this year's list recording a net estimate of approximately £14 billion. There isn't a single Briton in the wealthiest top 4 in a land the economist Adam Smith wrote of as a "nation of shopkeepers"; second place this year belongs to the Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik. It also says that a billionaires reaped advantages from "Brexit bonanza" and "this year's 500 richest people and families are now wealthier than a whole tip 1,000 were in 2016".

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"The astonishing strength of this year's Rich List defies expectations that wealth would stall in the lead up to last summer's European Union referendum and then crash after the decision to leave the European Union", said the newspaper in its editorial.

Among the other 40 Indian-origin super-rich include new billionaires Gujarati migrant brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, whose Euro Garages business is Europe's largest independent fuel retailer. And there are more of them; together, they have earned a staggering 658 billion pounds, a record.

Among the 58 newcomers - a minimum of £110m is required to make the list compared to just £15m in 1997 - are famous names including chart-topper Adele.

Most of the remaining millionaires with Indian roots have made their money in a variety of industries, including Bhikhu and Vijay Patel in pharmaceuticals (675 million pounds); Jatania brothers in toiletries and property (630 million pounds); Southall Travels owners Kuljinder Bahia and family in the travel industry (420 million pounds); and Tom Singh and family in fashion (385 million pounds). It now takes assets of £110 million to join the ranks of Britain's richest 1,000 people. The figure in 2016 was £103m. Steel magnate Lakshmi N Mittal is fourth with 13.2 billion pounds; the increase in his wealth from a year ago is quite phenomenal at 6.1 billion pounds.

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