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
J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950

Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur

Victoria BeckhamVictoria Beckham
17 April 1974
Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur

Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate

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

Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983

James MurdochJames Murdoch
13 December 1972
CEO of 21st Century Fox

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986

William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946

James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Philip GreenPhilip Green
15 March 1952

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman
Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
15 August 1953

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

Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960
Ruth PoratRuth Porat
1957 AD
CFO of Google

Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966
Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836

Alexander GilkesAlexander Gilkes
16 July 1979

Peter K. McMahonPeter K. McMahon
06 June 1954
Business Executive
Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942

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Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike

William CaxtonWilliam Caxton
1415 AD
First person to introduce a printing press into

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

Mo IbrahimMo Ibrahim
03 May 1946
Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Sarah Jane BrownSarah Jane Brown
31 October 1963
British executive

Charlene de Carvalho-HeinekenCharlene de Carvalho-Heineken
30 June 1954

Jennie McAlpineJennie McAlpine
12 February 1984
Actress, Businesswoman

Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur
Billie FaiersBillie Faiers
15 January 1990
Television Personality

George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839

Holly BransonHolly Branson
21 November 1981
Richard Branson’s Daughter

Jonathan GillibrandJonathan Gillibrand
1969 AD
Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband

Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
05 July 1853
Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony
Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966

Philip DayPhilip Day
30 September 1965
British Billionaire
David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911

Paul SolomonsPaul Solomons

Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964
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

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

Domino KirkeDomino Kirke
17 December 1987

Mandy Rice-DaviesMandy Rice-Davies
01 October 1944

Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974

John CaudwellJohn Caudwell
07 October 1952

Robert IrvineRobert Irvine
24 September 1965

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960
Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Karren BradyKarren Brady
04 April 1969
Business Women

Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent
Tej LalvaniTej Lalvani
13 July 1974
Business Person

Phil HarrisPhil Harris
15 September 1942
Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur, Investor, Presenter, Television

J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941

Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis
24 September 1959
Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur

Don ArdenDon Arden
04 January 1926
Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager

Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856
business magnate

Finola HughesFinola Hughes
29 October 1959
Sam HouserSam Houser
24 May 1972
writer, video game developer
Farhad MoshiriFarhad Moshiri
18 May 1955
entrepreneur, businessperson

Rebekah BrooksRebekah Brooks
27 May 1968

Michelle DewberryMichelle Dewberry
09 October 1979

Ben HorowitzBen Horowitz
13 June 1966
Amy ChildsAmy Childs
07 June 1990
TV Personality

Rachel ElnaughRachel Elnaugh
12 December 1964

Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808
Business person

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
21 December 1973
Restaurateur, Businessperson

Sam FaiersSam Faiers
31 December 1990
Television personality
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,

Levi RootsLevi Roots
24 June 1958
Chef, Actor
Matt RidleyMatt Ridley
07 February 1958
Business People

Howard MarksHoward Marks
13 August 1945
Hilary DeveyHilary Devey
10 March 1957
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Clarissa Dickson WrightClarissa Dickson Wright
24 June 1947
Celebrity chef