John Whittaker Net Worth $2.5 Billion
John Whittaker is a British businessman and property baron who has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion as of March 2013 according to Forbes. John is the 19th richest person in United Kingdom and 589th in the list of World Billionaires. Born on March 14, 1942 in Bury, Lancashire, England, Mr. Whittaker has brought in his estimated net worth of $2.5 billion as the Chairman of The Peel Group, a private real estate, media, transportation and infrastructure investment company in the UK that invests mainly in Northwest England. He was even richer by $800 million this year with his many real estate and port holdings. In 2011, Whittaker sold the Manchester’s huge Trafford Center mall, among Britain’s best-known buildings, to Capital Shopping Centers in return for a almost one fourth stake in the group. Whittaker renamed the group Intu Properties in February 2013 with all the hope of creating a stronger brand identity across all of its own properties including the Essex Mall Lakeside, a long time favorite of London patrons. John Whittaker’s Peel Group owns a stake in Pinewood Shepperton, the famed U.K. film studio where the James Bond and Harry Potter movies were shot. The firm can also be backing up Media City UK, a gigantic development in the northern English city of Salford that serves as the BBC’s official headquarter. Now, the media shy property mogul lives quietly on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British dependency in the Irish Sea, where he owns Billown Mansion. He has donated $1.5 million to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and supports Sparks, a children’s medical research charity.