The annual publication of the UK “Rich List” is an eagerly awaited occasion, with much journalistic attention being given to its upper echelons. This, however, ignores the achievements of some of its less well-publicised members. In order to go some way to redress this balance, there follows an excerpt from the 2017 List.
Ranked No. 1876
J. Simon Harpenden, Bricklayer
Just pipped by the Spum brothers, Mr Harpenden has nevertheless had a very successful year, if a sad one. The death of his wife Irma in a tragic cucumber picking accident has reduced outgoings tremendously, allowing this resourceful individual to climb well into the top 2000.
Ranked No. 1877
Herbert Spill, Computer Programmer
A bad year for Mr. Spill, who, despite fixing the “Q” on his keyboard, suffered from financial losses after the publication of the 2016 List. He drops 198 places after blowing a cool five hundred large on a big party to celebrate his rise up the rankings last year.
Ranked No. 1878
Jemina Smith, unemployed
Heir to the Smith fortune of over £10bn, Jemina has eschewed profligacy, despite her fondness for designer socks. It has been reported that her father has refused to build any further extensions to her house, thus limiting the size of her footwear collection to its present 62,128 pairs.
Ranked No. 1879
Martin Crisp, transvestite and father of nine
Mr(s) Crisp is a new name on the Rich List this year after blackmailing the Governor of the Bank Of England.
Ranked No. 1880
Paul What, insurance salesman
Paul What faces expulsion from the Rich List as his trial draws to a close. If convicted, he will be stripped of his fortune, amassed by selling “Sun” insurance policies to old people. These policies, built on weekly or daily contributions, were only due to pay out if the sun did not rise the following morning.
Ranked No. 1881
Jane Kirkby-Follicle, inventor
Sales of her patented diamond-encrusted fishing rod have been very sluggish, and the inventor has been forced to put up personal money to keep the business afloat. She drops 762 places. As a consequence, her place as one of the most eligible spinsters in Rugby is under threat.
Ranked No. 1882
Smith Walston, pothole maker
Smith Walston has been a controversial figure over the last three years, but this hasn’t affected his wealth. He continues to thrive on his retainers, paid by local construction companies who defraud county councils and thus the taxpayer.
Ranked No. 1883
Q. Milkfancy, recycler
Mr. Milkfancy is suffering troubled times, struggling to maintain profits by stealing empty beer glasses from pub gardens and selling them off.
Ranked No. 1884
Miss S. Trouble, heiress
Miss Trouble continues to gently fritter away her family fortune, dropping 65 places. Her great grandfather Ben Trouble, of course, is famous for inventing the word ‘embryo’.
Ranked No. 1885
David David, investor
A very recent success story, David David made millions by carefully timed investments in rubber tulips for deaf children.