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How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Thu May 12, 2016 9:09 pm

How much d'ya reckon Ally Fraser was worth? Was he a very rich man? Thinking about 85, owning a house in Darras Hall, 1 in Marbella plus Thornely Manor he had a few quid, but compared to today's sort of wealth....?
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Musta bin Elbowed » Thu May 12, 2016 9:51 pm

He wasnt major league was he? Most heavy duty villains in the 80s teamed up with other bigtime crooks in other parts of the UK to expand their respective empires, but aside from Kenny Ames, Fraser almost seemed to be a one man band. Plus it wasnt too realistic having him making his fortune in protection and Glasgow pianos when by the mid-80s the big money was in drugs

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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by BarryTaylor » Thu May 12, 2016 10:57 pm

Ally was a big fish in a small pond. Remember he was 'shown the route south' from Berwick, so he knows his strengths and weaknesses. I liken him to Dirty Den in Eastenders, he's the master of his turf but he won't push too much cos he knows he's not God.

Ally made cash money from his enterprises, money he couldn't put in a Bank Account easily. Remember this was the era in which Ken Dodd was tried for tax evasion, he had £366,000 in his loft!

So Ally spent the money on houses. As well as Thornley Manor, Darras Hall and Spain I bet he also paid for the house his wife lives in (she won't divorce him!)

I'd say he was close to being worth £350,000 in 1985 but with so much tied up in property or business ventures (Cannibals, The Jogging Geordie Health Club, etc) he may not have had a lot of ready cash.
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Musta bin Elbowed » Thu May 12, 2016 11:24 pm

BarryTaylor wrote:I liken him to Dirty Den in Eastenders, he's the master of his turf but he won't push too much cos he knows he's not God.
Great analogy. I like that one and it fits with Fraser's behaviour throughout the series (his mistrust of that fey bloke with the boat, etc).
BarryTaylor wrote:Ally made cash money from his enterprises, money he couldn't put in a Bank Account easily. Remember this was the era in which Ken Dodd was tried for tax evasion, he had £366,000 in his loft!
True. But it was also the era in which Howard Marks filtered millions of pounds in drug money through a bank account in Hong Kong with deposits of suitcases full of cash

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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by AWP Corsa Tim » Fri May 13, 2016 5:10 pm

I reckon he was worth around between 3 hundred and 5 hundred thousand.. maybe more if he had stayed legit..
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Timmy » Sat May 14, 2016 5:34 am

On a currency calculator that puts £500,000 in 1985 at about 1.6 million in todays money.

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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Sat May 14, 2016 7:11 am

I reckon he was worth a lot more.
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by AWP Corsa Tim » Wed May 18, 2016 9:36 pm

aye.. maybees...
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by BarryTaylor » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:23 pm

The downfall of Ally in Spain was 'swift and merciless'. (I'm sorry I had to say it)

One minute he is running around like an Emergency 'Estate Agent' offering 'quick cash' for 'even quicker exits', the next minute he's the one that needs the cash and the exit...

I think Kenny loved it and saw a great opportunity to take a few quid off Ally.
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:10 pm

A gambler on pending deals without a doubt, but chances like that are how you hit the big money if it pays off.
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Re: How much was Ally Fraser worth?

Post by AWP Corsa Tim » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:20 pm

I reckon if he hadn't come across the lads he may have still ended up in the shite one way or another.. was too much of a risk taker!!
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