Fury erupted after it emerged 63 of the Sunday Times’ Rich Listers – a list of the richest people in the country – have furloughed staff. As the deadly virus stopped millions of employees from going into work, the government announced a furlough scheme to allow employers to pay their staff 80 percent of their salary.
But Express.co.uk readers reacted furiously to the news, branding them “parasites” and called for them to be “named and shamed”.
One said: “The greed more money wants more money and nobody stop them if they do not have it here they move to where they can keep more
Another posted: “THEY SHOULD BE NAMED AND SHAMED .
One wrote: “greedy sods, just parasites.”
A commentator said: “The People continue to pay for the rich and privileged to be rich and privileged.
Another said: “These rich parasites were only to eager to speak out against the government when Boris backed leave. Now they’re quick enough to come with their begging bowl when things go wrong. Let them suffer like the rest of us. Although they’ve still got enough money to get by.”
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The combined wealth of the UK’s 1,000 richest people has plummeted for the first time since the financial crash, with some billionaires counting losses of up to £6 billion since last year, it adds.
The list says that a number of billionaires have also sought to use the Government’s emergency furlough scheme, under which staff are paid 80% of their salary by the state up to £2,500 a month.
Inventor Sir James Dyson is the richest person in the UK for the first time, as the Brexit-backing entrepreneur saw his wealth grow by £3.6 billion over the past year, climbing to £16.2 billion.
Sir James, 72 , topped the list despite losing £500 million of his own money on an electric car project which was scrapped.
But he was helped by the declining fortune of the Hinduja brothers, who suffered losses of £6 billion since last year and dropped into second place.
There were a record 25 female billionaires on this year’s list, the 32nd edition of the definitive guide to Britain’s most affluent people.