Several travel tycoons have been named in the 22nd Sunday Times Rich List 2010, which charts the wealthiest 1,000 people in the UK.

Highest up the list at number 18 was Sir Richard Branson, whose holiday, transport, internet and mobile phone empire has netted him £2.6 billion.

Next at number 177 was Peter Harris, founder of Butlins and Haven caravan parks owner Bourne Leisure. Harris’s fortune rose £135 million to £380 million this year. Bourne Leisure co-founder John Cook made number 214.

Kenneth Townsley, who made £84 million from the sale of Gold Medal to Thomas Cook, was at number 574 with a worth of £115 million.

Online entrepreneur Simon Nixon was named at 201 in the league table. The co-founder of Moneysupermarket stood down in 2008 and now runs travel site Simon Seeks.

Von Essen Hotels founder Andrew Davis (number 244) was worth £292 million, up £2 million on last year. As well as 31 luxury hotels in the UK and France, he owns a property investment company, a stake in London heliport, a fine arts business and a West Country farm.

Geoffrey Kent, founder of operator Abercrombie and Kent, was at number 299 thanks to his £213 million fortune. He sold a stake in the business to Intrawest, a Canadian tour group, in 2004.

Also on the list were Rahul and Rita Sharma, the couple who own Best at Travel in London, and Dinesh Dhamija, who is worth £75 million having received £86.7 million before tax when his Ebookers travel website sold.

Also named were Gullivers Travel Associates chairman and former owner David Babai, Firmdale Holdings founders Tim and Kit Kemp, hotelier Rocco Forte and former Unijet owner Chris Parker.