Jim Ratcliffe

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Jim Ratcliffe is the founding chairman and main shareholder of the petrochemical giant Ineos Group. In 2018 he was ranked as Britain's wealthiest person on the Sunday Times Rich List. His fortune was calculated to have grown by an incredible £15billion on the previous year, rising to £21billion, driven by a huge increase in the value of Ineos. [1]

Previously he had ranked among the UK's 25 richest people, with a net worth of £5.75 billion in 2017.[2]

Ratcliffe was knighted in the 2018 Queen's birthday honours list. [3]

Meetings on shale gas with UK government ministers and officials




  1. Rupert Neate, Fracking mogul Jim Ratcliffe becomes UK’s richest person, The Observer, 13 May 2018
  2. These are the 25 richest people in Britain, Business Insider UK, 7 May 2017, 8:40 AM
  3. Queens Birthday LIst, gov.uk, 8 June 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Email exchanges of 30th June between Ineos and DECC Officials. Briefing material for 28th June Meeting 3. Email exchanges between Ineos and DECC Officials, see page 7 of 17 for this reference.
  5. Transparency data BIS ministerial meetings: October to December 2013, Published May 2014, acc 6 November 2013