Birmingham Post Midlands Rich List
Kirsty Bertarelli, a former Miss UK from Stone in Staffordshire, heads this year’s Birmingham Post Rich List of the Midlands’ 50 wealthiest people with a family fortune estimated at £5.5billion.
The former Kirsty Roper, whose father and two uncles control the Churchill China pottery business in Stoke-on-Trent, is married to Swiss-Italian billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, a biotechnology tycoon rated the world’s 27th richest man.
Ms Bertarelli is a designer of fashion clothing and jewellery and works for the Swiss charity Smiling Children. Her arrival in the Rich List means industrialist Sir Anthony Bamford, also with Staffordshire connections, is relegated to second place with an estimated family fortune of £1.8billion, up from £1.2billion in 2008.
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