Venture Capital/News/ Eight new tech leaders explode onto UK rich list with £18bn in assets The past 12 months have been great for tech leaders, according to the Sunday Times. By Sifted reporters 24 May 2021 a view of london city skyline from a helicopter a view of london city skyline from a helicopter \Venture Capital Speedinvest starts €3m fund of funds programme to back emerging managers By Eleanor Warnock 17 February 2023 Venture Capital/News/ Eight new tech leaders explode onto UK rich list with £18bn in assets The past 12 months have been great for tech leaders, according to the Sunday Times. By Sifted reporters 24 May 2021 It’s been a phenomenal year for European tech as the pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital adoption and more money has flooded into a new breed of high-growth startups. This has led to eight new tech figures entering for the first time the Sunday Times Rich List of the wealthiest 250 people in the UK, with a combined wealth of more than £18bn between them. Some of these were investors. Christian Angermayer became the first “psychedelics billionaire” after his investments into companies developing psychedelic drugs for mental health saw their valuations balloon over the past twelve months. He joins long-standing tech investors on the list such as venture capitalist Michael Moritz and CEO of the VC firm Atomico Niklas Zennström on the list. But most of the new entrants on the list this year were startup founders, some of which launched their companies during the pandemic and saw their value rocket into the billions almost immediately. One is Johnny Boufarhat, the chief executive of the virtual events platform Hopin, who made the list for the first time worth £1.5bn. His startup only launched its first product earlier last year, but has since grown to a $5.65bn valuation. Another is Alex Chesterman, the serial entrepreneur and chief executive of used car marketplace Cazoo, which also saw a radical increase in value during the pandemic. The company, founded in 2018, is set to go public in the US via a SPAC at a $7bn valuation. Both Hopin and Cazoo broke records for the fastest European companies to reach unicorn status in 2020, a title previously held by Skype for 15 years, according to Atomico’s State of European Tech report. Cazoo reached the billion-dollar milestone in June, 2020, 18 months after being founded. Hopin reached the milestone in November, 2020, only 17 months after being founded. A third is Guillaume Pousaz, CEO and founder of Checkout.com, who is now ranked as the 33rd richest person in the UK with a fortune of £5.5bn. His company raised two recent funding rounds, first valuing the business at $5.5bn in June 2020 and then at $15bn in January 2021. Others to make the list for the first time were Ali Parsa, the founder of doctor app Babylon health (£825m); José Neves from fashion platform Farfetch (£2bn); Denis Sverdlov from electric vehicle startup Arrival (£6.2bn); and Stephen Fitzpatrick from challenger energy supplier Ovo Energy (£675m). The founders join existing tech and startup leaders who have been on the list before including Nikolay Storonsky, who’s also seen a jump in fortune over the past year, pushing him to become the 165th richest person in the UK, with a fortune of £1bn. Related Articles Six startup ideas — from Germany’s top VCs By Miriam Partington in Berlin Click here to read more VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility By Johannes Lenhard Click here to read more How founder diligence in venture capital is falling short By Julius Bachmann Click here to read more VCs, stop chasing unicorns and start creating serial founders By Daniel Keiper-Knorr Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Healthtech Is Daniel Ek’s new body scanner worth the hype? Sifted tried it out 2 \Venture Capital VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility 3 \Venture Capital New €3.75bn European Investment Fund pot to back late-stage VCs 4 \Sustainability Counteract closes £15m fund for carbon removal solutions 5 \Mobility Was the $5bn that VCs plugged into escooters worth it?