Needless to say there were no architects listed in the Sunday Times Rich List 2002 of Britain's 1,000 richest people and families, but construction and property performed very well. Of the construction millionaires, most were part of strong family groups.
Despite a disastrous financial year, even Sir Martin Laing and family hung in there in equal 193rd place with a fortune of £165 million, thanks to their property interests. Of the property boys, London Bridge Tower developer Irvine Sellar was ranked in equal 547th place with a fortune of £66 million, and was said to have a £1.1 billion development programme under way - true, if Renzo's tower does not get stymied by the government. The Duke of Westminster came out on top as usual, the only faint fly in the ointment being the rental void created by Enron's unfortunate demise, leaving the Duke's Grosvenor Developments subsidiary with a temporary blip. Still, when you are worth £4.7 billion, it probably does not mean much.