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
Socialite
Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur

Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983
Entrepreneur

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892
Businessman

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

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
British Politician
Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950
Entrepreneur

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate
Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur

Lachlan MurdochLachlan Murdoch
08 September 1971
CEO of Fox Corporation
James MurdochJames Murdoch
13 December 1972
CEO of 21st Century Fox

Marco Pierre WhiteMarco Pierre White
11 December 1961
Chef

Heather MillsHeather Mills
12 January 1968
Media Personality

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism

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
Actress

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986
Entrepreneur

James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor
Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
15 August 1953
Businessman

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

Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike

Ruth PoratRuth Porat
1957 AD
CFO of Google
J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862
Businessman

Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947
 
Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960
Entrepreneur

Tej LalvaniTej Lalvani
13 July 1974
Businessman

Anne ListerAnne Lister
03 April 1791
Writer
Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Actor

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Conrad BlackConrad Black
25 August 1944
Former Newspaper Publisher, Author, Investor
Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966
Actress

Alexander GilkesAlexander Gilkes
16 July 1979
Businessman

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman

Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836
Businessman
Peter K. McMahonPeter K. McMahon
06 June 1954
Business Executive
Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808
Businessman

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942
 

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

Charlene de Carvalho-HeinekenCharlene de Carvalho-Heineken
30 June 1954
Businesswoman
Mo IbrahimMo Ibrahim
03 May 1946
Entrepreneur

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

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

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

Jennie McAlpineJennie McAlpine
12 February 1984
Actress, Businesswoman
George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839
Businessman

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

David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
23 June 1911
Businessman
Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966
Entrepreneur

Holly BransonHolly Branson
21 November 1981
Richard Branson’s Daughter
Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964
Entrepreneur

Paul SolomonsPaul Solomons
 
Entrepreneur

Alex AddersonAlex Adderson
1993 AD
Businessman

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing

Alex Cowper-SmithAlex Cowper-Smith
01 January 1970
Investor, Banker
George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

Philip DayPhilip Day
30 September 1965
British Billionaire

Jonathan GillibrandJonathan Gillibrand
1969 AD
Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband

Elihu YaleElihu Yale
05 April 1649
Merchant
Rebekah BrooksRebekah Brooks
27 May 1968
Journalist

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter
Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress

David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941
Entrepreneur

Domino KirkeDomino Kirke
17 December 1987
Singer
Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur

John CaudwellJohn Caudwell
07 October 1952
Businessperson
Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975
 

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
Actor
Levi RootsLevi Roots
24 June 1958
Chef, Actor

Steve EasterbrookSteve Easterbrook
06 August 1967
Businessperson
Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959
Businesswoman

Phil HarrisPhil Harris
15 September 1942
Businessman

Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis
24 September 1959
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur, Investor, Presenter, Television
Mark CarneyMark Carney
16 March 1965
Economist
Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960
Chef

Richard DesmondRichard Desmond
08 December 1951
Publisher, Autobiographer, Businessperson

Ron DennisRon Dennis
01 June 1947
Entrepreneur

Evgeny LebedevEvgeny Lebedev
08 May 1980
Owner of Lebedev Holdings Ltd
Kia JoorabchianKia Joorabchian
14 July 1971
 

Finola HughesFinola Hughes
29 October 1959
Actress

Thomas GuyThomas Guy
1644 AD
Philanthropist

Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Singer

Don ArdenDon Arden
04 January 1926
Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager
Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856
business magnate

Mark DawsonMark Dawson
04 February 1960
Talent agent
Hilary DeveyHilary Devey
10 March 1957
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,
Ben HorowitzBen Horowitz
13 June 1966
Businessperson
James GoldsmithJames Goldsmith
26 February 1933
Politician