The key players at the centre of the Guinness case and how they have fared since their convictions

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Ernest Saunders: The former chairman of Guinness paid out pounds 3m in legal costs, later reduced to pounds 500,000. The case has so far cost the taxpayer an estimated pounds 27m. His Buckinghamshire house has been sold and Swiss and French properties transferred to his family. His pension from Guinness is about pounds 80,000 a year. His income is increased by consultancy work. He lives in the West Country and shows no recurrent signs of the degenerative illness which resulted in his prison sentence being cut.

Gerald Ronson: Still chief executive at Heron, the company he built up, he is, according to associates, thinner, a little older, a little wiser, but has lost none of his self-confidence. Contributions to several charities help his rehabilitation. At the peak of his wealth Heron was worth pounds 500m. A pounds 5m fine, pounds 3m legal costs and the falling worth of Heron has meant Ronson's personal wealth has shrunk. But he still owns a pounds 10m yacht and a private jet. Formerly on pounds 1.5m a year, he now has a package worth pounds 4.5m over five years.

Anthony Parnes: At the time of the Guinness trial the former stockbroker was married to the wealthy heiress Denise Ratner. They have since divorced. In court he is constantly accompanied by his new partner, originally from the Middle East and said to be very wealthy. Parnes's former pounds 3.3m house in Hampstead has long since been sold. He now lives in a modest flat in central London. In spite of incurring legal costs of pounds 2m, he can still afford what he calls his "only luxury", a 15-year-old Aston Martin Volante car.

Jack Lyons: Plain Jack, as he has been since being stripped of his knighthood after being found guilty, has left England for the relative obscurity and warmth of Florida and the sun. His most famous asset, Monet's painting Cornstack, was sold for pounds 9m to help pay a pounds 3m fine and legal costs of pounds 2m. Lyons' family is still active in business, but reputation rather than wealth is said to concern Mr and Mrs Lyons. Some of their former life is preserved at the Centura Spa hotel in Miami where there is still the Sir Jack Lyons Suite.