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The Grant Gordon family
Spirits
Rank 2017
1
Worth
£2,370m
Rise/fall
£210m
William Grant, the Banffshire whisky distiller, posted record profits in 2015 amid booming overseas demand for premium spirits and expected continued growth in 2016. The family-owned firm made £177.2m profit, up 6.7% from £166.1m in the preceding year, helped by surging sales of the flagship Glenfiddich single malt and Hendrick’s gin. The company was founded by William Grant in 1887 and is now controlled by the fifth generation of his family. With almost £1.8bn net assets, the business is worth £2.2bn. Past dividends and other assets add £170m to the scattered family.