British Female Entrepreneurs

Throughout history, there have been many British business women who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female business people such as Victoria Beckham, Sharon Osbourne, Anita Roddick, Sarah Jane Brown, Katie Hopkins.

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Elizabeth Hurley
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Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

Best known for her roles in the Austin Powers franchise, Bedazzled, and The Royals, Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder model. A trained ballerina, she has also been in the news for her relationship with Hugh Grant and her marriage to textile magnate Arun Nayar.

 2 
Kate Moss
(Supermodel)

Kate Moss
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Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon, England

Kate Moss, one of the highest-paid supermodels of the 1990s, was one of the pioneers of the “heroin chic” trend. Featured on TIME 100, she was known for her collaboration with Calvin Klein and her size-zero figure. She owns a clothing range and is a fashion editor for British Vogue.

 3 
Lisa Vanderpump
(Actress, Restaurateur)

Lisa Vanderpump
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Birthdate: September 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Lisa Vanderpump is a British restaurateur, actress, and television personality. Vanderpump has owned 36 restaurants, clubs, and bars in Los Angeles and London along with her husband Ken Todd. Also a well-known philanthropist, Lisa Vanderpump supports charity organizations, such as Keep Memory Alive, which was established to create awareness about neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

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Domino Kirke
(Singer)

Domino Kirke
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Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 5 

Heather Mills
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Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Model Heather Mills lost her left leg in an accident but continued to model using a prosthetic leg. She was previously married to singer Paul McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she is associated with organizations such as Viva! She has appeared on reality shows like Dancing with The Stars.

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Anne Lister
(Writer)

Anne Lister
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Birthdate: April 3, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Died: September 22, 1840

Apart from being a traveler and a mountaineer, Anne Lister was also known as the world’s "first modern lesbian". Nicknamed Gentleman Jack for her androgynous fashion, which almost always included the color black, she penned diaries that contained many secret codes that were deciphered much after her death.

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Nadine Coyle
(Singer)

Nadine Coyle
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Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

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Gemma Collins
(Businesswoman)

Gemma Collins
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Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Romford, England

Reality star and entrepreneur Gemma Collins soared to fame with reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Dancing on Ice. She later launched her own reality franchise, Gemma Collins: Diva, and her own BBC podcast.

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Sarah Willingham
(Restaurateur, Businessperson)

Sarah Willingham
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Birthdate: December 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent

It is believed Sarah Willingham had begun working in the hospitality industry at age 13. Apart from managing the popular restaurants Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express, she also manages a huge portfolio that includes The Bombay Bicycle Club and The London Cocktail Club. She has also been part of Dragons' Den.

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Anita Roddick
(Businesswoman)

Anita Roddick
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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Littlehampton, England
Died: September 10, 2007

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. She was also a passionate crusader for environmental issues. She founded the British version of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited. Her company was among the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals in some products. She was also involved with Greenpeace.  

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Mandy Rice-Davies
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Birthdate: October 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died: December 18, 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies was a British model and a showgirl, best remembered for her involvement in the Profumo affair that damaged the credibility of Harold Macmillan's Conservative government in early 1960s. Later, she opened a restaurant and a nightclub in Tel Aviv and publishing three books including her autobiography. She also appeared in a number of films and television productions.  

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Finola Hughes
(Actress)

Finola Hughes
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Birthdate: October 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England, UK

Best known as Anna Devane from General Hospital and All My Children, Emmy-winning actor Finola Hughes had started her career with the Northern Ballet Company. She also worked at West End and played Victoria, as part of the original cast of Cats. She and her husband have also adopted two children.

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Trinny Woodall
(TV Presenter)

Trinny Woodall
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Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Fashion and makeover expert Trinny Woodall, founder of the makeup brand Trinny London, began her career as a marketing expert and then wrote fashion columns for The Daily Telegraph. She has co-hosted What Not to Wear with Susannah Constantine, has co-written several bestselling fashion books, and launched a sleepwear line.

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Rebekah Brooks
(Journalist)

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.

 15 
Ruth Porat
(CFO Alphabet Inc.)

Ruth Porat
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Sale, Cheshire, England
Ruth Porat, the CFO of Alphabet Inc. and Google since 2015, was also the CFO and executive vice president of Morgan Stanley earlier. She was seventh on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2020. Named Institutional Investor’s Best Internet CFO, she has served on the boards of various corporate bodies.

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Deborah Meaden
(Businesswoman)

Deborah Meaden
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Birthdate: February 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Deborah Meaden launched her first business right after leaving college and was one of the first to launch a Stefanel franchise in the UK. Known for her appearance on Dragons' Den, she has invested in countless businesses and is also associated with charitable organizations such as the WWF.

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Sam Faiers
(Television personality)

Sam Faiers
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Birthdate: December 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brentwood, Essex, England

Sam Faiers is best known for her appearances on Celebrity Big Brother and The Only Way Is Essex. She is in a relationship with real-estate developer Paul Knightley and has also starred with him in The Mummy Diaries. She also has her own fitness website, which showcases health food recipes.

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Michelle Dewberry
(Businesswoman & Media Personality Who Won the Second Series of British Reality TV Show 'The Apprentice')

Michelle Dewberry
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Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Humberside, England

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Gina Miller
(Business owner and activist)

Gina Miller
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Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guyana

 20 
Marie-Chantal Claire
(Crown Princess of Greece)

Marie-Chantal Claire
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Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Marie-Chantal Claire is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece. Her parents-in-law are Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Her husband is the heir apparent to the now-defunct throne of Greece. The daughter of a prominent businessman, she married Pavlos in 1995. She is the founder of Marie-Chantal, an international childrenswear brand. 

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Dido Harding
(Businesswoman)

Dido Harding
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Birthdate: November 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dorset, England

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Amy Childs
(TV Personality)

Amy Childs
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Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brentwood, Essex, England, UK

Best known for her appearances on the shows The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother 8, Amy Childs also had her own show, It's All About Amy. She is also known for her on-and-off relationship with Bradley Wright, who is a builder with a bad criminal record.

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Clarissa Dickson Wright
(Celebrity chef)

Clarissa Dickson Wright
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St John's Wood, London, England
Died: March 15, 2014

Clarissa Dickson Wright was an English TV personality, celebrity cook, businesswoman, writer, and former barrister. Best remembered for appearing in the popular TV cooking program, Two Fat Ladies, along with Jennifer Paterson, Dickson Wright went on to become an important name in the culinary world. She also published several books and audio books pertaining to cooking.

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
(Owner of a 25% controlling interest of Heineken N.V.)

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
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Birthdate: June 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch-British billionaire businesswoman. She is the owner of a 25% controlling interest in Heineken N.V., the world's second-largest brewer. The daughter of a prominent industrialist, she has a law degree from Leiden University. Upon her father’s death in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, becoming one of the richest people in the country. 

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Denise Coates
(Chief executive officer, Businessperson)

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

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Jennie McAlpine
(Actress, Businesswoman)

Jennie McAlpine
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Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bury, Greater Manchester

Jennie McAlpine is an English TV actress and businesswoman. Interested in performing from childhood, she used to put up shows in her backyard and entertain her neighbors. She went on to pursue an acting career and is best known for her role in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She is involved in humanitarian endeavors as well.

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Rachel Elnaugh
(Entrepreneur who was one of the investors participating in the first two series of BBC Two's TV show Dragons' Den, founder of Red Letter Days)

Rachel Elnaugh
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Birthdate: December 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom

Sybil Williams
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Birthdate: March 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tylorstown
Died: March 7, 2013

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Ruzwana Bashir
(Businessperson)

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

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Isabel Maxwell
(Entrepreneur)

Isabel Maxwell
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Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Isabel Maxwell is a French-born entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Magellan, an early search engine. She studied at the University of Edinburgh. She first worked in film and TV production before venturing into technology, eventually becoming the president of Commtouch, an Israeli internet company. She has been listed as a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum.  

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Hilary Devey
(Businessperson, Entrepreneur)

Hilary Devey
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Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bolton

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Sarah Jane Brown
(British executive)

Sarah Jane Brown
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Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

 33 
Tamara Mellon
(Fashion designer)

Tamara Mellon
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Birthdate: July 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

 34 
Lucy Watson
(Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur)

Lucy Watson
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Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester

Lucy Watson is a TV personality, businesswoman, and animal rights activist. She gained fame after appearing in the E4 hit show Made in Chelsea. She has been featured in many magazines and has collaborated with several brands, including Nasty Gal and Wilkinson Sword. She is also the author of two vegan cookbooks and runs a company called All Hearts.  

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Steve Shirley
(Computer scientist, Feminist)

Steve Shirley
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Birthdate: September 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dortmund

Born Vera Buchthal, Steve Shirley moved from Germany to Britain as a child refugee during the Nazi regime. Later, going by the name Stephanie Brook, she began learning coding. Battling a male-dominated workplace environment, she changed her name to Steve. The celebrated scientist now runs a charitable foundation.

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Julia Morley
(Businesswoman)

Julia Morley
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Birthdate: October 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Julia Morley is a British businesswoman who is the chairperson and CEO of Miss World Organization. She began her career as a model and eventually forayed into business. As the chairperson of Miss World, she introduced "Beauty With A Purpose", a cause to raise money for disadvantaged children. She received the Variety Humanitarian Award in 2016. 

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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. 

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Margaret Mountford
(Lawyer, Businessperson)

Margaret Mountford
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Birthdate: November 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Holywood

Initially a lawyer, Margaret Mountford was also associated with the companies Amstrad and Georgica. She gained popularity as a TV personality after her appearance in The Apprentice UK. She has also presented several documentaries and has worked for causes such as the promotion of Hellenic studies and Egypt exploration.

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Cheryl Barrymore
(Dancer, Businesspeople)

Cheryl Barrymore
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Birthdate: March 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 1, 2005

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Ruth Badger
(Businesswoman)

Ruth Badger
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Birthdate: March 22, 1950, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

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Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia
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Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

 42 
Debonnaire von Bismarck
(Businessperson)

Debonnaire von Bismarck
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Birthdate: August 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United Kingdom

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Suzanne Dando
(Gymnast, TV presenter)

Suzanne Dando
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Birthdate: July 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balham, London, England

Suzanne Dando is an English former gymnast who has represented Great Britain in important events like the 1979 World Gymnastics Championships and the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Suzanne Dando announced her retirement from gymnastics after the 1980 Olympics and then went on to work as a TV broadcaster for many channels, including Sky Sports, BBC One, and Channel 4.

 44 
Madame Restell
(Abortionist)

Madame Restell
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Birthdate: May 6, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: April 1, 1878

 45 
Rose Gray
(Chef and cookery writer)

Rose Gray
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Birthdate: January 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bedford, England
Died: February 28, 2010

Chef and cookbook author Rose Gray is best known for co-founding the Michelin-starred The River Café in London, with Ruth Rogers, her long-time collaborator, and for her series The Italian Kitchen. Before starting her cooking venture, she taught fine arts at a school. She had also opened a furniture business.

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Marjorie Scardino
(Businesswoman)

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

 47 
Alison Cooper
(Chief Executive Officer)

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

 48 
Hazel Crane
(Socialite)

Hazel Crane
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: November 10, 2003

A well-known South African socialite and businesswoman, Hazel Crane once smuggled diamonds and worked at a strip club. She had also been a nurse. She was gunned down while traveling in her car to testify against Israeli mafia boss Lior Saat. Her interesting life later became public through her post-humous memoir.

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Christine Hargreaves
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Birthdate: March 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salford, Lancashire, England
Died: August 12, 1984

 50 
Mary Perkins
(Billionaire who is the co-founder of Specsavers, the British retail opticians chain)

Mary Perkins
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Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol, England