Charles Dunstone TalkTalk Carphone WarehouseMyung Jung Kim/PA Archive


He may be worth nearly £1.5billion, but businessman Sir Charles Dunstone refuses to pay the London Congestion Charge.

According to the Sunday Times, Dunstone admitted: "My driver drops me in Park Lane and I walk the last bit because I can't bear to spend the money on the congestion zone."

Dunstone, 49, co-founded Carphone Warehouse with David Ross 25 years ago and according to this year's Sunday Times Rich List, Dunstone's combined stake in the company and TalkTalk is £1.39billion.

Taking into account other assets, he's worth £1.496billion.

Today, the London Congestion Charge has jumped £1.50 to £11.50 for those wanting to travel into the most central parts of the capital.

We don't know what car Sir Charles is dropped off in on Park Lane, but if he wanted to visit areas where the congestion charge applies, he would have to be travelling in a vehicle that emits 75g/km or less of CO2.

Currently that only covers plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid or all-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf or G-Wiz.