Jim Ratcliffe: the working-class Mancunian tycoon

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Jim Ratcliffe is no stranger to holding governments to ransom

Jim Ratcliffe claims to have “a relatively thick Mancunian skin”, but if there’s one thing his friends have learned never to mention, it’s the yacht. The £130m vessel was central to his portrayal as an arch-villain in last October’s bruising stand-off at the Grangemouth oil refinery, owned by his company, Ineos.

Unions accused the “secretive tycoon” of scheming to close the plant from his floating palace in the Mediterranean. Ratcliffe [...]

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