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Number of women on rich list up 50% in past decade

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The number of women on the Sunday Times Rich List has risen by nearly 50% in the past ten years, with 114 women making the 2014 list of the 1,000 richest people in the UK.

The figure is down slightly from the 118 women who featured on the list last year. But overall the figure has risen significantly since 2004, from 78 to 114 women.

JK Rowling, 48, and Tamara Mellon, 46, are the only two self-made millionaires on this year's main shortlist of the richest people in Britain.

Mellon, co-founder of the Jimmy Choos empire, is now worth £180 million, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling has amassed an eye-watering fortune of £570 million.

Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford have broken into the under-30s list with a joint fortune of £13 million

Former Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 24, has also seen her financial worth burgeon in the past year to £30 million, making her Britain's 20th richest person under 30.

Her flourishing Hollywood career, with roles in epic drama Noah and comedy This Is The End (co-starring James Franco and Seth Rogen), has added £3 million to her capital in the past year alone.

"She graduates from Brown University this month, having successfully juggled student life with being an A-list actress and modelling in campaigns for Lancôme, Burberry and Chanel," the Sunday Times said. "Vanity Fair estimated her wealth at £20m in its 2009 list of the 40 highest-paid Hollywood stars. Allowing for her limited spending (most of her earnings go into a trust fund), we nudge the actress up to £30m."

The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan, 28, and her musician husband Marcus Mumford 27, made an appearance in the under-30s list for the first time, with a joint fortune of £13 million.

As far as the establishment goes, the Queen has also had a good year of it, adding £10 million to her personal fortune - which now stands at £330 million.

Slavica Ecclestone's £2 billion divorce from her husband Bernie has made her one of Britain's richest women

Overall, there are 14 women among the 104 billionaires on this year's Rich List.

They include women who amassed their fortune from businesses owned jointly with their husbands or as a result of divorce settlements.

Slavica Ecclestone's £2 billion divorce from F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone has made her one of Britain's richest women. The former Armani model currently has an estimated wealth of £740 million and is ranked 136th richest in Britain

Kirsty Bertarelli, 42, is officially the richest woman in Britain, with a fortune of £9.75 billion alongside her Swiss businessman husband Ernesto.

"Kirsty is a singer-songwriter who once wrote for All Saints and has embarked on her own solo career," says the Sunday Times. "Her album Indigo Shores is released tomorrow. She drives the Bertarelli Foundation’s UK projects, the latest of which involved giving the Belize government more than £3m to turn Turneffe Atoll, part of the world’s second-largest coral reef, into a nature reserve."

The former Miss UK, who hails from Staffordshire, said: "I am a girl from the North who has been incredibly lucky in life."

Tamara Mellon has made £180 million through her Jimmy Choo empire

Actress Salma Hayek is the eighth richest woman in Britain (following a move from Paris) with a £2.38 billion fortune shared with husband Francois-Henri Pinault.

"Pinault, 51, and his Mexican-born actress wife, Hayek, 47, are moving to London from Paris but insist it has nothing to do with escaping President François Hollande’s crippling 75% tax rate for the super-rich," says the Sunday Times.

"Pinault says he is making the move because so many fashion designers are located in the English capital. His company, Kering, owns three of the top London brands — Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane."

The annual Sunday Times Rich List is used as a barometer of power and influence among Britain's wealthiest figures. It is based on "identifiable wealth" - including land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies - but excludes bank accounts, which the paper has no access to.

Photos: Rex Features

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