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
Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950
Entrepreneur

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

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892
Businessman

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur
Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947
 

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur

Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
13 December 1936
Imam of Nizari Ismailism
Marco Pierre WhiteMarco Pierre White
11 December 1961
Chef

Heather MillsHeather Mills
12 January 1968
Media Personality
William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress

James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor
James MurdochJames Murdoch
13 December 1972
CEO of 21st Century Fox

Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike
Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman

Philip GreenPhilip Green
15 March 1952
Businessman

Ruth PoratRuth Porat
1957 AD
CFO of Google
Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986
Entrepreneur
Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
15 August 1953
Businessman

Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966
Actress

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman

Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960
Entrepreneur
Conrad BlackConrad Black
25 August 1944
Former Newspaper Publisher, Author, Investor
Thomas CrapperThomas Crapper
28 September 1836
Businessman

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942
 

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

Billie FaiersBillie Faiers
15 January 1990
Television Personality
William CaxtonWilliam Caxton
1415 AD
First person to introduce a printing press into

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Mo IbrahimMo Ibrahim
03 May 1946
Entrepreneur

Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Actor

Sarah Jane BrownSarah Jane Brown
31 October 1963
British executive

Charlene de Carvalho-HeinekenCharlene de Carvalho-Heineken
30 June 1954
Businesswoman
Fred GoodwinFred Goodwin
17 August 1958
Former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland

Jennie McAlpineJennie McAlpine
12 February 1984
Actress, Businesswoman
Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur

Alexander GilkesAlexander Gilkes
16 July 1979
Businessman

George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839
Businessman
Peter K. McMahonPeter K. McMahon
06 June 1954
Business Executive

Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983
Entrepreneur
Holly BransonHolly Branson
21 November 1981
Richard Branson’s Daughter

Paul SolomonsPaul Solomons
 
Entrepreneur

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

Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966
Entrepreneur

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

Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964
Entrepreneur

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing

Alex AddersonAlex Adderson
1993 AD
Businessman
George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

Alex Cowper-SmithAlex Cowper-Smith
01 January 1970
Investor, Banker
Jonathan GillibrandJonathan Gillibrand
1969 AD
Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960
Chef

Thomas CookThomas Cook
22 November 1808
Business person
Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter

Tom HunterTom Hunter
06 May 1961
Entrepreneur
Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur

Tej LalvaniTej Lalvani
13 July 1974
Business Person

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent
Domino KirkeDomino Kirke
17 December 1987
Singer

Karren BradyKarren Brady
04 April 1969
Business Women
David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941
Entrepreneur

Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959
Businessperson, Investor

Neil MorrisseyNeil Morrissey
04 July 1962
Actor

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress
Sam FaiersSam Faiers
31 December 1990
Television personality
Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975
 

Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur, Investor, Presenter, Television

Michelle DewberryMichelle Dewberry
09 October 1979
 

Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis
24 September 1959
Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Phil HarrisPhil Harris
15 September 1942
Businessman

J. Bruce IsmayJ. Bruce Ismay
12 December 1862
Businessman

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

Finola HughesFinola Hughes
29 October 1959
Actress

Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
15 June 1985
Singer
Rebekah BrooksRebekah Brooks
27 May 1968
Journalist

Farhad MoshiriFarhad Moshiri
18 May 1955
entrepreneur, businessperson
Steve EasterbrookSteve Easterbrook
06 August 1967
Businessperson

Ben HorowitzBen Horowitz
13 June 1966
Businessperson

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,
Mandy Rice-DaviesMandy Rice-Davies
01 October 1944
Model

Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856
business magnate
Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
21 December 1973
Restaurateur, Businessperson

John CaudwellJohn Caudwell
07 October 1952
Businessperson

Chips KeswickChips Keswick
02 February 1940
Banker

Levi RootsLevi Roots
24 June 1958
Chef, Actor
Mark DawsonMark Dawson
04 February 1960
Talent agent

Clarissa Dickson WrightClarissa Dickson Wright
24 June 1947
Celebrity chef
Howard MarksHoward Marks
13 August 1945
Writer

Sam HouserSam Houser
24 May 1972
writer, video game developer
Amy ChildsAmy Childs
07 June 1990
TV Personality

Hilary DeveyHilary Devey
10 March 1957
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Gerald RonsonGerald Ronson
27 May 1939