Here are four key facts about him
Daily and Sunday Express owner Richard Desmond loves UKIP.
In December 2014, he donated £300,000 to the party.
And yesterday, the media baron donated another £1.3m to Nigel Farage’s party.
His reason? UKIP is the party which “will stand up to people who are struggling”.
In a statement on his Daily Express website, Desmond said: “They are human; they are not perfect and they do not pretend to be. But what they believe in is the best for the British people.
“They are the sort of people who will stand up for people who are struggling.”
Farage told the newspaper: “This money will make a big difference. We are up against the big battalions; this helps significantly.
“It enables us, particularly with our online presence, to reach bigger and bigger audiences.
“We’ve been doing very well compared to the big parties already and this will make a big difference.”
Who is Richard Desmond?
> Richard Desmond,63, is the owner of Express Newspapers. The group publishes the Daily Star and Daily Express. He is also the founder of Northern & Shell, the publisher of celebrity magazines OK! and New!
> According to Forbes, he is worth $1.67bn
> Desmond donated £100,000 to the Labour Party in 2001
> He’s nicknamed “Dirty Des”, thanks to his considerable stake in adult magazines and television channels