Newcastle and Sports Director owner Mike Ashley among country’s richest

UNPOPULAR ... Mike Ashley.

UNPOPULAR ... Mike Ashley.

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NEWCASTLE owner Mike Ashley has featured in the top quarter of this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

Ashley, who also owns the Sports Direct chain, came in at 22 out of the 100 individuals listed, with assets worth £3,500million.

The businessman has not been far from the headlines in recent months, subject to protests from irate Newcastle fans.

His sports chain Sports Direct also featured in last night’s Dispatches programme on Channel 4, which raised questions about aspects of his business.