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.
Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
15 August 1953
Businessman
Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
British Politician

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Actor

Ruth PoratRuth Porat
1957 AD
CFO of Google

Victoria BeckhamVictoria Beckham
17 April 1974
Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950
Entrepreneur

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host
J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892
Businessman

Heather MillsHeather Mills
12 January 1968
Media Personality
Philip GreenPhilip Green
15 March 1952
Businessman

Marco Pierre WhiteMarco Pierre White
11 December 1961
Chef

Lachlan MurdochLachlan Murdoch
08 September 1971
CEO of Fox Corporation

Robert MaxwellRobert Maxwell
10 June 1923
Media Proprietor

Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur
James MurdochJames Murdoch
13 December 1972
CEO of 21st Century Fox

Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
05 July 1853
Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony

Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983
Entrepreneur

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947
 

Michael HeseltineMichael Heseltine
21 March 1933
Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom
Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986
Entrepreneur

Conrad BlackConrad Black
25 August 1944
Former Newspaper Publisher, Author, Investor
David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941
Entrepreneur

William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Alexander GilkesAlexander Gilkes
16 July 1979
Businessman

James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor

Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate
John TorodeJohn Torode
23 July 1965
Celebrity chef

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Rick SteinRick Stein
04 January 1947
Chef
Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Heston BlumenthalHeston Blumenthal
27 May 1966
Chef

Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964
Entrepreneur
Giles CorenGiles Coren
29 July 1969
Food Writer
Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966
Entrepreneur

J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862
Businessman

Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman
Anne ListerAnne Lister
03 April 1791
Writer

Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966
Actress

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960
Restaurateur

Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960
Entrepreneur

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942
 
Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836
Businessman

Tej LalvaniTej Lalvani
13 July 1974
Businessman
Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur

Philip DayPhilip Day
30 September 1965
British Billionaire

David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911
Businessman
Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808
Businessman

Charlene de Carvalho-HeinekenCharlene de Carvalho-Heineken
30 June 1954
Businesswoman
Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

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

Sarah Jane BrownSarah Jane Brown
31 October 1963
British executive

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

Jennie McAlpineJennie McAlpine
12 February 1984
Actress, Businesswoman
Mo IbrahimMo Ibrahim
03 May 1946
Entrepreneur

Paul SolomonsPaul Solomons
 
Entrepreneur

Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur

Fred GoodwinFred Goodwin
17 August 1958
Former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland
George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839
Businessman

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

Alex AddersonAlex Adderson
1993 AD
Businessman
Billie FaiersBillie Faiers
15 January 1990
Television Personality

Holly BransonHolly Branson
21 November 1981
Richard Branson’s Daughter
Jonathan GillibrandJonathan Gillibrand
1969 AD
Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress

Spencer MatthewsSpencer Matthews
06 August 1988
Television personality
Domino KirkeDomino Kirke
17 December 1987
Singer

Davy JonesDavy Jones
30 December 1945
Musician
Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Singer

Dido HardingDido Harding
09 November 1967
Businesswoman

Jacob RothschildJacob Rothschild
29 April 1936
Banker

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent
Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975
 
Frank WilliamsFrank Williams
16 April 1942
manager

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
Actor

Jim RatcliffeJim Ratcliffe
18 October 1952
Businessperson

Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur
Leslie BenziesLeslie Benzies
17 January 1971
 

Sam HouserSam Houser
24 May 1972
writer, video game developer

Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959
Businesswoman

Charles Palmer-TomkinsonCharles Palmer-Tomkinson
04 January 1940
Landowner

Joe LewisJoe Lewis
05 February 1937
entrepreneur
Amy ChildsAmy Childs
07 June 1990
TV Personality

Ron DennisRon Dennis
01 June 1947
Entrepreneur
Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856
business magnate

Rebekah BrooksRebekah Brooks
27 May 1968
Journalist
Don ArdenDon Arden
04 January 1926
Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager
Mark CarneyMark Carney
16 March 1965
Economist