Zoopla founder Chesterman enters list of super-rich who have paid most tax in UK

Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has been ranked 42nd in a new list of the country’s tax payers.

All 50 in the Sunday Times’ Tax List, published yesterday, paid over £20m of UK tax in the financial year 2018 to 2019.

Chesterman, 50, is said to have paid £24.6m in both income and Capital Gains Tax.

The listing states that he enjoyed a £62m payday in 2018 from the £2.2bn sale of ZPG.

Chesterman, who founded Zoopla in 2007 and now heads up car business Cazoo, comes just one place below mobile phones tycoon Sir Charles Dunstone who paid £25.8m tax, according to the listing.

The Sunday Times asks what that tax bill could pay for, and comes up with the salaries of 1,065 nurses or 22,454 Sim-free iPhone 11 Pro Maxes.

Dunstone backs online estate agency Housesimple, whose losses widened to over £19m according to its latest accounts, covering the year to the end of last March.

Also in the Tax List is Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and his family, paying £56.3m in tax. The founder of budget airline easyJet licenses the easy brand to a number of businesses, including the online estate agent easyProperty.


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