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

Richard BransonRichard Branson
18 July 1950
Entrepreneur

Lisa VanderpumpLisa Vanderpump
15 September 1960
Actress, Restaurateur

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892
Businessman

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
27 May 1975
Chef and Restaurateur
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

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

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

Alan SugarAlan Sugar
24 March 1947
 
James DysonJames Dyson
02 May 1947
Inventor

Bernie EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone
28 October 1930
Business Magnate

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress
William PennWilliam Penn
14 October 1644
Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania

Robie UniackeRobie Uniacke
1961 AD
Businessman, Partner of Rosamund Pike
Simon FullerSimon Fuller
17 May 1960
Entrepreneur

Jack BrooksbankJack Brooksbank
03 May 1986
Entrepreneur

Guccio GucciGuccio Gucci
26 March 1881
Italian Businessman
Vanessa AngelVanessa Angel
10 November 1966
Actress

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman
Billie FaiersBillie Faiers
15 January 1990
Television Personality

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
23 October 1942
 

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732
Inventor

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

Sarah Jane BrownSarah Jane Brown
31 October 1963
British executive

Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Actor

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

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

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

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George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839
Businessman
Edoardo Mapelli MozziEdoardo Mapelli Mozzi
31 October 1983
Entrepreneur

Mike AshleyMike Ashley
09 September 1964
Entrepreneur
Peter JonesPeter Jones
18 March 1966
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

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

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

Melanie CMelanie C
12 January 1974
Singer-songwriter

Raj KundraRaj Kundra
09 September 1975
 

Nicholas WintonNicholas Winton
19 May 1909
Stockbroker, Banker, Philanthropist, Military
Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
30 December 1959
Actress
David BaleDavid Bale
02 September 1941
Entrepreneur

Finola HughesFinola Hughes
29 October 1959
Actress

Deborah MeadenDeborah Meaden
11 February 1959
Businessperson, Investor
Max MosleyMax Mosley
13 April 1940
Racecar driver, Lawyer, Politician, Directeur

Duncan BannatyneDuncan Bannatyne
02 February 1949
Entrepreneur, Investor, Presenter, Television
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
16 September 1933
Computer scientist, Feminist

Thomas AndrewsThomas Andrews
07 February 1873
Marine architect, Entrepreneur, Designer,

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
18 September 1973
Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor,
Theo PaphitisTheo Paphitis
24 September 1959
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

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

Mark DawsonMark Dawson
04 February 1960
Talent agent

Michelle DewberryMichelle Dewberry
09 October 1979
 

Peter StringfellowPeter Stringfellow
17 October 1940
 
Sam HouserSam Houser
24 May 1972
writer, video game developer
Gerald RatnerGerald Ratner
01 November 1949
businessperson

Gerald RonsonGerald Ronson
27 May 1939
 

Amit BhatiaAmit Bhatia
1979 AD
Businessman

John CaudwellJohn Caudwell
07 October 1952
Businessperson
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
12 September 1954
Computer scientist

Leslie BenziesLeslie Benzies
17 January 1971
 

Chips KeswickChips Keswick
02 February 1940
Banker

Calouste GulbenkianCalouste Gulbenkian
23 March 1869
businessperson, entrepreneur

Anthony BamfordAnthony Bamford
23 October 1945
Businessperson, Politician
Levi RootsLevi Roots
24 June 1958
Chef, Actor

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
30 July 1940
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer
Hilary DeveyHilary Devey
10 March 1957
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Evelyn Robert de RothschildEvelyn Robert de Rothschild
29 August 1931
Banker, Polo player

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron RothschildWalter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
08 February 1868
Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist,
John TempletonJohn Templeton
29 November 1912
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Merchant

Tamara MellonTamara Mellon
07 July 1967
Fashion designer
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron RothschildNathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild
08 November 1840
Politician, Banker

Sarah WillinghamSarah Willingham
21 December 1973
Restaurateur, Businessperson

Evgeny LebedevEvgeny Lebedev
08 May 1980
Owner of Lebedev Holdings Ltd

Farhad MoshiriFarhad Moshiri
18 May 1955
entrepreneur, businessperson
Ken BatesKen Bates
04 December 1931
Businessperson, Association football player,

Bill DrummondBill Drummond
29 April 1953
Musician, Talent agent, Record producer, Talent
Brian SouterBrian Souter
05 May 1954
Businessman

Tom HunterTom Hunter
06 May 1961
Entrepreneur

Guy HandsGuy Hands
27 August 1959
 

Kia JoorabchianKia Joorabchian
14 July 1971
 
Joseph CorréJoseph Corré
30 November 1967
Entrepreneur, Businessperson