Despite taking a beating during the World War, Great Britain has evolved as one of the most thriving economies of recent times, riding on the backs of its entrepreneurs. Recent studies have revealed that Great Britain is home to some of the wealthiest and celebrated entrepreneurs of all time. Apart from helping people overcome their employment woes, entrepreneurs of modern times have also introduced new work cultures, and have managed to break the age-old stereotypes associated with a work environment. The list of eminent entrepreneurs of the UK is incomplete without the mention of self-made billionaire duo David and Simon Reuben, retail king Philip Green and the philanthropic business tycoon Richard Branson. While Branson is renowned for the Virgin Group of companies owning the Virgin Airways and Virgin Mobiles, the Reuben brothers started out in scrap metal business and eventually ventured out to other raw material business and real estate. Ann Summers the CEO of an internationally acclaimed lingerie brand and Lesley Reynolds, the co-founder of the multi-faceted beauty clinic in London are some of the famous female British entrepreneurs who have broken all stereotypes and established a name for themselves in their respective industry. Here we present to you biographies of some of the most famous British entrepreneurs. Acquaint yourself with their life stories, timelines and also a few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950

Victoria BeckhamVictoria Beckham
17 April 1974
Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892

Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur

Marco Pierre WhiteMarco Pierre White
11 December 1961
Heather MillsHeather Mills
12 January 1968
Media Personality

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947

Lachlan MurdochLachlan Murdoch
08 September 1971
CEO of Fox Corporation

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946

Philip GreenPhilip Green
15 March 1952

Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947

Tej LalvaniTej Lalvani
13 July 1974
James MurdochJames Murdoch
13 December 1972
CEO of 21st Century Fox

Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
15 August 1953
Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960

J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986
Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966

Ruth PoratRuth Porat
1957 AD
CFO of Google
Anne ListerAnne Lister
03 April 1791

Conrad BlackConrad Black
25 August 1944
Former Newspaper Publisher, Author, Investor

Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983
Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike

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Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman
Alexander GilkesAlexander Gilkes
16 July 1979

Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988

Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942
Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808
William CaxtonWilliam Caxton
1415 AD
First person to introduce a printing press into

Peter K. McMahonPeter K. McMahon
06 June 1954
Business Executive

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732

Mo IbrahimMo Ibrahim
03 May 1946
Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur

Fred GoodwinFred Goodwin
17 August 1958
Former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland

Sarah Jane BrownSarah Jane Brown
31 October 1963
British executive

Billie FaiersBillie Faiers
15 January 1990
Television Personality

Charlene de Carvalho-HeinekenCharlene de Carvalho-Heineken
30 June 1954
George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839

Jennie McAlpineJennie McAlpine
12 February 1984
Actress, Businesswoman
Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
05 July 1853
Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony

Holly BransonHolly Branson
21 November 1981
Richard Branson’s Daughter

Jonathan GillibrandJonathan Gillibrand
1969 AD
Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband
Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966

Paul SolomonsPaul Solomons
David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911

Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964

Alex Cowper-SmithAlex Cowper-Smith
01 January 1970
Investor, Banker

Alex AddersonAlex Adderson
1993 AD

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing
George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

Philip DayPhilip Day
30 September 1965
British Billionaire

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974

Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur, Investor, Presenter, Television
Elihu YaleElihu Yale
05 April 1649

David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941
John CaudwellJohn Caudwell
07 October 1952

Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Domino KirkeDomino Kirke
17 December 1987

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent

Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959

Phil HarrisPhil Harris
15 September 1942
Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur

Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856
business magnate
Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960

Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis
24 September 1959
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Rebekah BrooksRebekah Brooks
27 May 1968

Hilary DeveyHilary Devey
10 March 1957
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Sam FaiersSam Faiers
31 December 1990
Television personality
Levi RootsLevi Roots
24 June 1958
Chef, Actor

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
21 December 1973
Restaurateur, Businessperson

Karren BradyKarren Brady
04 April 1969
Business Women

Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
08 December 1951
Publisher, Autobiographer, Businessperson
Michelle DewberryMichelle Dewberry
09 October 1979

Finola HughesFinola Hughes
29 October 1959

Mark CarneyMark Carney
16 March 1965

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,

Sam HouserSam Houser
24 May 1972
writer, video game developer
Thomas GuyThomas Guy
1644 AD

Mandy Rice-DaviesMandy Rice-Davies
01 October 1944
Don ArdenDon Arden
04 January 1926
Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager

Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Matt RidleyMatt Ridley
07 February 1958
Business People
Mark DawsonMark Dawson
04 February 1960
Talent agent