Source of Wealth:Record producer, Businessman
The London-born entrepreneur who discovered and promoted Bob Marley through Island Records may now be 73, but he still works hard. Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is his latest project, along with five boutique hotels, including GoldenEye, the former Jamaican home of Ian Fleming. Blackwell sold his record label in 1989, netting about £70m for his stake. He later went into Miami hotels, which were sold to finance Palm Pictures, a multimedia venture that he says was a “big mistake”. But he has recovered, and aside from the rum and boutique properties, he has a 2,500-acre estate and organic farm.