Sunderland businessman is a top ‘skillionaire’

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A WEARSIDE millionaire businessman has made into a top 100 rich list of “skillionaires.”

Property developer Matt Roseberry, of Penshaw, ranks 89th in the City & Guilds Vocational Rich List of skilled workers who went on to make millions.

The training organisation said the list aims to show teenagers leaving education that you don’t need an academic degree to make your mark and earn your fortune.

Mr Roseberry – whose assets reach about £15million – started out as a bricklayer, buying his first plot of land for £500.

He launched Roseberry Construction in 1973, developing land and using the money made to diversify his business interests.

He now owns a varied leisure and construction business including pubs, men’s clubs, sports centres and construction projects.

Chris Jones, chief executive and director general of City & Guilds, said: “Our latest Vocational Rich List proves you don’t need a degree to succeed.

“The list not only celebrates the success of Britain’s leading businessmen and women, but serves as an inspiration to others to unlock their potential through vocational education and skills training.”