Theatre impressario Cameron Mackintosh has seen his personal fortune top £1 billion for the first time.
The West End producer has seen his fortune rise by a staggering £175m in the past year, and is now worth £1 billion. His 2013 fortune in the Sunday Times’ annual Rich List was £825 million.
The rise is mainly due to profits from his 2012 blockbuster movie version of Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman and the continued success of his stable of musical theatre hits.
The impressario has just opened a high-profile new production of Les Mis on Broadway, and his revival of hit show Miss Saigon is now in previews at the Prince Edward Theatre in London ahead of its premiere on 21 May. The shows joins his production of The Phantom of the Opera in London and New York, plus a new UK touring production of Betty Blue Eyes and forthcoming UK tour of Barnum. The original production of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in London also continues to do great business.
His production company, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, is produces a number of international tours and local productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of Miss Saigon, and his theatre division Delfont Mackintosh Ltd owns 7 West End theatres including the Prince of Wales Theatre and Prince Edward Theatre.
Mackintosh has said that he would like to produce more movies of his musicals, with a rumoured film adaptation of Miss Saigon in the works. Mackintosh was working on a new movie version of musical My Fair Lady, but this has been cancelled.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, to be published on Sunday 18 April 2014, Mackintosh will join a growing band of billionaires resident in the UK.
The number of billionaires now living in the UK is said to have risen to over 100 for the first time, which is more than triple the number of a decade ago and means that Britain now has more billionaires per head of population (104 in total) than any other country in the world.
Also, London now has more billionaires living in the city – 72 – than any other city in the world.
Indian-born brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja top the Sunday Times Rich List this year with a fortune of £11.9bn.
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