AAT publishes list of richest former apprentices

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has published a list of the top 40 wealthiest former apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, to help demonstrate that you don’t have to go to university to go far in life.

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of AAT, said: “The 2015 Apprenticeship Rich List shows not only that some of the country’s most successful individuals have come from an apprentice route, but that not all apprenticeships are in the industries you might expect. Many hail from other professional backgrounds, such as Sir Terry Matthews with a wealth of £1.19 billion who was an apprentice researcher before founding tech firm Mitel.

“There’s no doubting the importance of apprentices to the UK economy with it set to gain £101 billion through apprentice recruitment by 2050. We’re hoping that by highlighting the success of these wealthy former apprentices we are also opening people’s eyes to what apprenticeships can deliver in terms of financial and career fulfilment.”


1 Lord Bamford & Family apprentice at Massey Ferguson £3,150 construction equipment
2 Laurence and Francois Graff apprentice jeweller £3,000 diamonds
3 John Cauldwell engineering apprentice £1,500 mobile phones
4 Sir Terry Matthews Post Office Research apprentice £1,190 computers
5= Jim McColl apprentice engineer £1,000 engineering
5= Vladimir Makhlai turner’s apprentice £1,000 industry
7 John Bloor apprentice plasterer £750 construction, motorcycles
8 Sir Arnold Clark & Family apprentice shoe designer £675 car sales
9 Lord Alliance & Family apprenticed into Grand Bazaar in Tehran £650 mail order, textiles
10 Trevor Hemmings bricklayer’s apprentice £625 property
11 Michael Oliver & family apprentice engineer £608 engineering
12 Sir Daid McMurtry apprentice machinist & fitter £559 engineering
13 Jack Tordoff & Family apprentice mechanic £353 car sales
14 Michael Oglesby & Family apprentice plumber £325 property
15 Dean and Janet Hoyle engineering apprentice £284 greeting cards
16 John Deer engineering apprentice £268 engineering
17 David Hood apprentice at hi-fi manufacturer £265 aviation, electronics
18= Ron Dennis apprentice mechanic £260 motor racing
18= Clinton, Spencer & John McCarthy apprentice carpenters / joiners £260 construction
20 Lord and Apurv Bagri apprentice metal trader £250 metals
21 Jamie and Jools Oliver Westminster Catering College; catering apprentice £240 food, media
22 Peter Dawson & Family engineering apprenticeship £216 trucks
23= David and Victoria Beckham Youth Training Scheme (Football) £210 fashion, football
23= Lord Haughey & Family air conditioning and refrigeration apprentice £210 refrigeration
25 Mark and Mo Constantine apprentice hairdresser £204 cosmetics
26 Ringo Starr apprenticeship at Liverpool equipment manufacturer £170 music
27= Rodger Dudding naval engineering apprentice £160 property
27= Tommy Dreelan & Family heating, ventilation & plumbing apprentice £160 oil services
29 Kenneth Townsley airline traffic officer apprentice £158 travel
30= John Frieda apprentice hairdresser £150 hairdressing
30= Eric Clapton apprentice stained glass design £150 music
32 Stewart Milne & Family apprentice electrician £135 construction
33= Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne apprentice toolmaker £130 music
33= Marcus Margulies & Family watch factory apprentice £130 watches
35 Sir Tom Farmer garage apprentice £128 property, car parts
36 Ted Fort Rolls Royce apprentice £110 engineering
37= Ross Brawn apprentice mechanical engineer £100 motor racing
37= Larry Kinch apprentice instrument engineer £100 oil, gas services
39 George Moore & Family apprentice joinery craftsman £95 furniture
40 Andrew Thorpe & Family apprentice at FW Thorpe £90 lighting