Source of Wealth:Fashion designer (Reiss Clothing)
Reiss received a boost late last year when Kate Middleton chose one of his dresses for her engagement photos. Reiss opened his first eponymous boutique in 1971, then launched an own-label menswear company in 1992. The 67-year-old had approaches to sell his London-based high-street fashion chain before the credit crunch for £150m, but despite opening his first store in China, the collapse in world economic activity in late 2008 hit hard. Sunday Times Rich List valued the business, which should report a £12.7m profit in 2010-11, at £120m, adding £5m to the founder's fortune for past dividends and other assets.
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