The North-east family behind some of the world’s finest whisky has been named the richest in Scotland.
The Grant-Gordon family topped the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune of £2.37 billion, up £210 million since last year.
The 10 richest individuals or families in Scotland have seen their collective fortunes increase by 9% in the past year, taking their combined wealth to £14.71bn, according to the new study.
The Banffshire-based whisky distiller posted record profits in 2015 amid booming overseas demand for premium spirits and surging sales of the flagship Glenfiddich single malt and Hendrick’s gin.
Fifth on the list is Aberdeen oil industry leader Sir Ian Wood and family, with wealth of £1.6bn.
Former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed and family, who own an estate in Scotland, are the second wealthiest with a £1.7bn fortune.
Mahdi al-Tajir, who owns Highland Spring, saw his wealth fall by £65m in the past year but he sits in third place on the list with £1.67bn.
Fourth on the Scottish list is Trond Mohn, the founder of a Norwegian pump firm, and his sister Marit Mohn Westlake, who are worth £1.62bn.
Others in the Scottish top 10 include the Thomson family, owners of publisher DC Thomson, who are worth £1.285bn.
With the largest increase in wealth this year, John Shaw and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw have now entered the realm of the billionaires as a result of their Bangalore-based biopharmaceutical firm Biocon.
They boast £1.15bn to their names, earning a wealth increase of £530m in the last 12 months alone, largely off the back of the surging value of Biocon, and rank joint seventh position in Scotland alongside retail chief Philip Day. The Clark family, of the Arnold Clark car dealership, and Jim McColl, of Clyde Blowers, take ninth and 10th spot, with fortunes of £1.1bn and £1.07bn respectively.