A billionaire family has been ranked the 15th richest in the UK according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2022.
The Rausing family have many county connections with an extensive boar farm at Tenterden and an even larger estate at Wadhurst beside Bewl Water on the Sussex border.
Hans, Marit, Lisbet and Sigrid Rausing have been named to the 2022 Rich List, with a combined fortune of £9.49billion.
This placed them 15th in the list, which revealed a record 177 billionaires now living in the country.
The wealthy Swedish family inherited their fortune from Tetra Pak – a multinational food packaging company founded by Ruben Rausing in 1951.
Tetra Pak was passed down to his son Hans who continued to succeed alongside his wife Marit and children, Lisbet, Sigrit and Hans Kristian.
Hans passed away in 2019, leaving the business and the 960-acre Wadhurst Park in the hands of his children.
Despite their Swedish roots, the tycoons have many Kentish ties and even founded a children’s book club in the county.
In 1982 the family moved to avoid high taxes in Sweden and Hans bought the estate.
On the extensive grounds, they extended the original estate with the help of architect John Outram.
The “new house” is a one-story terrazzo and steel building.
At Wadhurst he also raised one of the largest deer herds in Europe.
Hans also owned a 600 acre boar farm in Tenterden to pursue his passion for philanthropy, ecology and the environment.
While in Kent, the family founded Buster’s Book Club, a literacy program for children run by the KM Charity team.
The connections don’t end there though, with Dr Sigrid Rausing receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent at Rochester Cathedral.
Dr. Rausing was awarded a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contributions to philanthropy and publishing.
She is the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations, which in 2014 distributed around £208m to human rights organisations.
Including the Rausings, six Kent families made the rich list this year, with a combined fortune of more than £15billion.
Caravan park billionaire Peter Harris was ranked 113th (worth £1.596 billion) and took his first steps into the holiday industry with a caravan park in Whitstable.
The Fleming family came close behind in 118th place for their £1.525billion earned through Stonehage Fleming, a multinational wealth management company – Matthew Fleming is a former Kent County cricketer.
Peter Jones of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den has a wealth of £1.167billion and set up an Enterprise Academy at Folkestone College in 2019 to help young entrepreneurs.
Also linked to Folkestone, Sir Roger and Peter de Haan have been ranked 190th for their £905million fortune from the 50-plus-year-old company Saga.
After selling the business for £1billion in 2004, the well-known couple have since invested in local sports projects and creative industries.
Finally, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney is worth £865million and scratched the top 200 in 198th place – the singer also owns a home in Peasmarsh.