Caudwell still the richest from the mobile industry

Caudwell still the richest from the mobile industry

The number of people on the annual Sunday Times Rich List from the mobile phone industry looks to be dwindling from previous years.

John Caudwell is still the richest man to have made his money purely from the mobile industry, with a £1.6bn fortune. He is the 23rd richest person in the country, according to the list.

An interesting new entrant is Jonathan Kendrick, founder of mobile content firm, ROK Entertainment who has a 40% share of ROK mobile. He is recorded to have £387m and is 43rd on the list.

Rok operates in several countries, and has moved from selling video content on memory cards to offering an on-demand TV service through an application that claims to work through several handsets and network providers.

Elsewhere the familiar names of Charles Dunstone (£904m), David Ross (£873m) and Guy Johnson (£147m) from Carphone are on the list along with Phones International boss Peter Jones (£157m) and Martin Dawes (£95m), who sold his customer management business and Opal telecom within the industry.

There is an absence on the list of the entrepreneurs who made an impact on the mobile industry in its growth period.

Instead, and perhaps illustrating the shift to corporate power in the industry, Vodafone’s CEO Arun Sarin enters the list with £60m. The sum is based on bonuses, shares and his salary.

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today


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