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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley named among those who paid the most tax in UK last year

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been named among those who paid the most tax in the UK last year.

Mr Ashley, who is also the founder of Sports Direct, paid more than £30 million pounds in taxes last year according to the inaugural Sunday Times tax list.

The paper's rundown of the top 50 taxpayers in 2017/18 is topped by Stephen Rubin, who is the majority owner of JD Sports and was liable for £181.6 million last year.

Denise, John and Peter Coates, owners of bet365, are second with a £156 million tax bill, while Sir James Dyson, who recently announced plans to move his company's headquarters to Asia, is third on the list with £127.8 million.