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# 149 Jim Ratcliffe $12.7B

Random fact: Superyacht features helicopter deck and zip wire.


Ratcliffe is the founder and majority owner of Ineos, a closely held chemicals manufacturer. The London-based company has more than 26,000 employees, operates in 29 countries and has revenue of about $61 billion. It produces about 60 million tons of chemicals every year, including polymers and resins.

As of :
Last change +$90.0M ( +0.7%)
YTD change +$1.88B ( +17.4%)
Biggest asset Ineos
Country / Region United Kingdom
Age 70
Industry Industrial
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Ratcliffe's fortune derives from his majority stake in closely held Ineos, one of the world's largest chemical producers. The London-based company is valued based on a calculation of the group's average enterprise value-to-Ebitda multiple of three publicly traded peers: LyondellBasell Industries NV, Saudi Basic Industries Corp and Solvay SA.

The Ebitda figure used in this analysis has been calculated by Bloomberg from the five-year average Ebitda of subsidiary Ineos Group Holdings between 2017 and 2021. This average is 66% higher than the subsidiary's 2021 unadjusted Ebitda figure. The same increase has been applied to the group's calculated Ebitda figure for 2021 to approximate the group's five-year average Ebitda figure.

The company has revenue of about $61 billion, and has 26,000 employees across almost 30 countries, according to its website.

Ratcliffe also owns a superyacht, Hampshire II, which is valued using the current asking prices for similar length vessels from the same ship yard, according to a person familiar with the boats who asked not to be identified as he works in the industry and the information is private.

Richard Longden, a spokesperson for Ineos, declined to comment on Ratcliffe's net worth.


Family: Unknown, No children

James Arthur Ratcliffe was born on Oct. 18, 1952 in Manchester, England, according to filings with the UK's Companies House. After studying chemical engineering at Birmingham University he worked for oil company Esso and completed his MBA at London Business School.

He joined private equity firm Advent International in 1989 and three years later invested his life's savings to buy BP's specialty chemicals unit, according to a 2007 profile in the Telegraph. He became chief executive officer and a slew of acquisitions followed with the company, Inspec, listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1994. He left Inspec four years after that to lead the buyout of its Belgian chemicals plant, which he named Ineos.

More acquisitions followed and within a decade Ineos had become one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Ratcliffe attracted criticism in 2013 when a stand-off with the union at Ineos' Grangemouth plant attracted national attention. The billionaire extracted a three-year pay freeze from his workers in exchange for keeping the plant open. Ratcliffe moved back to the UK in 2016, 6 years after relocating to Switzerland for tax reasons.

He moved to Monaco in 2018, two years after backing Britain's exit from the European Union.

  • 1952 James Arthur Ratcliffe is born in Manchester, England.
  • 1974 Joins Esso after studying chemical engineering at university.
  • 1989 Takes job at Advent, a private equity firm.
  • 1992 Leads buyout of Inspec Group.
  • 1998 Acquires Ineos from Inspec.
  • 2006 Buys BP's refineries in Europe and Canada.
  • 2013 Stand-off with union at Scottish refinery attracts national attention.
  • 2016 Ineos vessel transports first shale shipment from U.S. to Europe.