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Brian Kennedy vows to use his £450million fortune to keep McCann child neglecters from justice

Scots tycoon to fund search for Maddie for 'the rest of his life'; £450m fortune backing the McCanns

THE Scots multi-millionaire tycoon financing Kate and Gerry McCann's search for their daughter Madeleine has said he will support them for the rest of his life if necessary.

Double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy, 48, said he would use his estimated £450million fortune to back the couple as long as Madeleine remained missing.

Mr Kennedy is a hands-on supporter of the investigation, overseeing the companies hired as investigators as well as funding the McCanns' legal costs.

His pledge will alleviate concerns about what will happen when Madeleine's Fund, made up largely of public donations, runs out.

There is currently less than £500,000 in the kitty, with £1 million having been spent on the hunt for Madeleine since her disappearance in May last year.

Speaking to a Portuguese newspaper this week, Kate McCann said: 'It's a lot of money, but we can't set a limit. A child does not have a price. We will pay what we have to.' The McCanns are now hiring a fifth group of private investigators to help with the search.

Edinburgh-born Mr Kennedy, who has five children with his wife Christine, lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and made his money through double-glazing firm Everest.

He had not met the McCanns, who live in Rothley, Leicestershire, before offering his help, but now speaks to them almost daily.

A source said: 'Mr Kennedy got involved after seeing Kate McCann's reaction on television after she became an arguido back in September 2007.

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