Henman joins ranks of sporting millionaires

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Tim Henman (right), Britain's number one tennis player, is now a millionaire - less than a year after Wimbledon turned him into a household name, according to a new "wealth register" which also reveals that the typical British millionaire is male and in his fifties, whose star sign is likely to be Aries

Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer is worth pounds 7m, snooker star Stephen Hendry has potted a pounds 10m fortune, and golfer Laura Davies is valued at pounds 2m, it claims.

The 700-page register details 5,500 of the UK's wealthiest people, ranging from financier Joe Lewis, who is the richest Briton of all with a pounds 3bn fortune, to those with "a mere" pounds 1m-plus.

The Sunday Times Wealth Register follows the newspaper's Rich List, which was published on 6 April and featured details of Britain's wealthiest 1,000 people.

The Sunday Times said its register was the culmination of more than 10 years' work and was "the most authoritative study of who owns what in Britain". Sports stars are said to be making "a major impact" in the wealth league tables.

Henman, 22, who shot to national prominence when he reached the Wimbledon quarter- finals last year, is worth pounds 1m, according to the register, while Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has built up a pounds 5m fortune which is largely tied to sponsorship deals. Boxers Frank Bruno and "Prince" Naseem Hamed are each worth pounds 10m, it said.

Cilla Black is the wealthiest British female in the entertainment business, worth pounds 12m, while Bob Geldof, Roger Whittaker and Elvis Costello are all worth pounds 10m.

Singer Lisa Stansfield is valued at pounds 8m, while Damon Albarn, singer with the group Blur, is worth pounds 6m