The widow and family of the late Eddie Haughey have been named the richest people in Northern Ireland by the annual Sunday Times Rich List.
Mr Haughey, also known as Lord Ballyedmond, was killed in March this year when his helicopter crashed in thick fog near Gillingham.
He made his fortune through the veterinary pharmaceuticals business he established in the late 1960s. Up £540m from last year, the family fortune is now estimated to be £1.4billion.
The Haugheys are thought to be only the second billionaires from Northern Ireland after the now bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn.
The list, which is published in a special 116-page edition of The Sunday Times magazine on May 18, names television couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey as second richest in the Province with a fortune of £340m. Burnett is a successful reality television producer in Hollywood, responsible for popular series such as Survivor and The Apprentice, while his Londonderry-born wife, Roma Downey, is an actress and producer, best known for her role as Monica in Touched by an Angel.
Apart from those of the Ballyedmond family, the biggest gains during the last 12 months were made by Paul and Jeremy Eakin and family – now ranked third in Northern Ireland with an estimated fortune of £310m. The Eakins have seen their wealth grow by £100m due to the success of their TG Eakin medical supplies company – producing skin protection products – at Comber, Co Down.
Top of the UK list are Indian-born brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja with a fortune of £11.9 billion. Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov drops to second after the Arsenal shareholder saw his fortune fall to £10.65 billion.
l A special church service to celebrate the life of Lord Ballyedmond is being held in London on July 3. Anyone wishing to attend can write to Norbrook Laboratories or email: email@example.com