Famous British CEOs

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 1 
Spencer Matthews
(Television personality)

Spencer Matthews
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Birthdate: August 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

 2 
Philip Green
(Businessman)

Philip Green
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Birthdate: March 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England

British businessman Philip Green is the chairman of Arcadia Group, a British multinational retailing company. Previously, he was the chairman and chief executive of Amber Day. He has been called the "King of the High Street" owing to his involvement in several major businesses. He is a controversial businessman and has been accused of using sweatshops.

 3 
James Murdoch
(CEO of 21st Century Fox (2015-19))

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Birthdate: December 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London Wimbledon, London
Media magnate James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, has been the CEO of 21st Century Fox. He was also the chairman and CEO of News Corporation (Europe and Asia) and also of Sky plc, handling networks such as Star TV. He was involved in the BSkyB phone-hacking scandal.
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 4 
Lachlan Murdoch
(CEO of Fox Corporation)

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Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Lachlan Murdoch, son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, has been the executive chairman of Nova Entertainment and the co-chairman of News Corp. The current Fox Corporation CEO acquired the IPL team Rajasthan Royals in 2008. He owns Illyria Pty Ltd. and is a director of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.

 5 
Giles Deacon
(Fashion designer)

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Birthdate: March 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Darlington, England

Though he initially aspired to be a marine biologist, Giles Deacon later joined an art course, as he failed his chemistry A-level. Now a reputed designer, he owns his own fashion house, with clients such as Pippa Middleton. He has also experimented with his designs, launching work-from-anywhere capsule collections.

 6 
Rebekah Brooks
(British Journalist, CEO of News International (2009-2011) and CEO of News UK (Since 2015))

Rebekah Brooks
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Birthdate: May 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Warrington, Lancashire, England

Rebekah Brooks is a British former newspaper editor and journalist. She currently works as a media executive and has been serving as News UK's CEO since 2015. In 2003, she started working as the editor of The Sun, becoming the first female editor of the tabloid. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the chief executive officer of News International.

 7 
Jim Ratcliffe
(Businessperson)

Jim Ratcliffe
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Birthdate: October 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Failsworth, Lancashire, England
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 8 
Steve Easterbrook
(Businessperson)

Steve Easterbrook
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Birthdate: August 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford, England

 9 
Denise Coates
(Chief executive officer, Businessperson)

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Birthdate: September 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

 10 
Elihu Yale
(Merchant)

Elihu Yale
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Birthdate: April 5, 1649
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 8, 1721

Born in Massachusetts, Elihu Yale moved with his family to Britain at age 3. An East India Company official, he had been the President of Madras and later started a diamond business in London. He later turned into a generous philanthropist and became the main benefactor of what is now Yale University.

 11 
Ruzwana Bashir
(Businessperson)

Ruzwana Bashir
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Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skipton, United Kingdom

 12 
Chris Anderson
(Entrepreneur)

Chris Anderson
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Pakistan

 13 
Neil Aspinall
(Music executive)

Neil Aspinall
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Birthdate: October 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prestatyn, Wales
Died: March 24, 2008

Often termed The Fifth Beatle, music executive Neil Aspinall went from being a schoolmate of Paul McCartney and George Harrison to eventually managing The Beatles. He later also headed Apple Corps., a company established by The Beatles. He had also fathered a child with the mother of his friend, musician Pete Best.

 14 
Fred Goodwin
(Former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland)

Fred Goodwin
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Birthdate: August 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Former CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Fred Goodwin perhaps became the most-hated banker after the 2008 collapse of RBS, when it registered the biggest annual loss in the history of the UK. Subsequently, his knighthood was revoked. He still receives an annual pension from the bank.

 15 

Charles Stewart Rolls
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Birthdate: August 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley Square, London, England
Died: July 12, 1910

British automobile and aviation pioneer Charles Stewart Rolls is remembered for co-founding Rolls-Royce. The Cambridge alumnus was the first pilot to fly across the English Channel and back without a halt. He died in a plane accident at age 32 and was the first British aviator to do so.

 16 
Lew Grade
(Media proprietor)

Lew Grade
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Birthdate: December 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokmak, Ukraine
Died: December 13, 1998

 17 
Jacqueline Gold
(Business Women)

Jacqueline Gold
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Birthdate: July 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England, UK

Jacqueline Gold is a British businesswoman estimated to be the 16th richest woman in Great Britain. She is the chief executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers, and Knickerbox. The daughter of businessman David Gold, she began her career working under her father. Within years, she became an established businessperson in her own right. 

 18 
Tiny Rowland
(Executive)

Tiny Rowland
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Birthdate: November 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal, India
Died: July 25, 1998

John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley
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Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 20 
Gopichand Hinduja
(Businessman)

Gopichand Hinduja
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Birthdate: February 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: India

 21 
William Knox D'Arcy
(Entrepreneur)

William Knox D'Arcy
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Birthdate: October 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Died: May 1, 1917

 22 
Amit Bhatia
(Founding partner of Swordfish Investments and chairman of Queens Park Rangers football club)

Amit Bhatia
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Birthdate: September 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 23 
John Vincent
(Writer)

John Vincent
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Birthdate: September 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London , England

One of the co-founders of the chain of health-oriented fast-food eateries, Leon Restaurants, John Vincent has also penned seven cookbooks. He has also launched the School Food Plan, which has improved the diet of millions of students. He has chaired the Council for Sustainable Business, too.

 24 
Sean Yazbeck
(Businessman)

Sean Yazbeck
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 25 
John Walter
(Publisher)

John Walter
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Birthdate: January 1, 1738
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 16, 1812

 26 
Barney Barnato
(Entrepreneur)

Barney Barnato
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Birthdate: February 21, 1851
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 14, 1897

 27 
Matt Brittin
(Rower, Businessman)

Matt Brittin
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Birthdate: September 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, England

 28 
J. Arthur Rank
(Industrialist)

J. Arthur Rank
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Birthdate: December 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 29, 1972

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John Birt, Baron Birt
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Birthdate: December 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 30 
Poju Zabludowicz
(Art collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist)

Poju Zabludowicz
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Birthdate: April 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 31 
Maurice Flanagan
(Businessman)

Maurice Flanagan
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Birthdate: November 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leigh, England
Died: May 7, 2015

 32 
Cyril Fletcher
(Comedian)

Cyril Fletcher
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Birthdate: June 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Died: January 2, 2005

 33 
John Harvey-Jones
(Businessman)

John Harvey-Jones
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Birthdate: April 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, England
Died: January 9, 2008

Gordon White, Baron White of Hull
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Birthdate: May 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: August 23, 1995

Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein
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Birthdate: January 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilford, England
Died: February 5, 1993

 36 
Marjorie Scardino
(Businesswoman)

Marjorie Scardino
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Birthdate: January 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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Christopher William Brasher
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Birthdate: August 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: February 28, 2003

Apart from being a famed British athlete, Christopher William Brasher was also a skilled mountaineer, who was part of Edmund Hillary’s reserve team for his Everest mission and had led two missions to the Arctic. He was an award-winning journalist, too, but was best known for co-founding the London Marathon.

 38 
Alison Cooper
(Chief Executive Officer)

Alison Cooper
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Birthdate: March 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 39 
Sunil Vaswani
(Businessman, and the chairman of the Stallion Group)

Sunil Vaswani
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Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaipur, India

 40 
Bruce Craig
(Businessman)

Bruce Craig
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Birthdate: July 11, 1963, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England

 41 
Asif Aziz
(Businessperson and philanthropist)

Asif Aziz
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Limbe, Malawi

 42 
David Hodgkiss
(Administrator)

David Hodgkiss
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Birthdate: 1967 AD, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: -
Died: March 30, 2020

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Alastair Pilkington
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Birthdate: January 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: May 5, 1995

Alexander Trotman, Baron Trotman
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Birthdate: July 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Isleworth, England
Died: April 25, 2005

 45 
Tony Hall
(Media executive)

Tony Hall
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Birthdate: March 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England

 46 
Mariéme Jamme
(Tech Entrepreneur, Founder)

Mariéme Jamme
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 47 
Claudius Rich
(Businessman)

Claudius Rich
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Birthdate: March 28, 1787
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: October 5, 1821

 48 
Leslie Smith
(Businessman)

Leslie Smith
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Birthdate: March 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Enfield, England
Died: May 26, 2005

 49 
David Crossland
(Entrepreneur)

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Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Not known

 50 
Peter K. McMahon
(Business Executive)

Peter K. McMahon
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Birthdate: June 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire