Famous British Women Entrepreneurs

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 1 Elizabeth Hurley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

Best known for her roles in the Austin Powers franchise, Bedazzled, and The Royals, Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder model. A trained ballerina, she has also been in the news for her relationship with Hugh Grant and her marriage to textile magnate Arun Nayar.

 2 Sharon Osbourne

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brixton, South London, England
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 3 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

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 4 Domino Kirke

Domino Kirke
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Domino Kirke was scouted by producer Andres Levin while performing at a pub and later released her own music. She is also the girlfriend of Penn Badgley, better known as Joe Goldberg from the Netflix series You. She is a doula, too, and co-owns the doula agency Carriage House Birth.

 5 Anne Lister

Anne Lister
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 3, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Died: September 22, 1840

Apart from being a traveler and a mountaineer, Anne Lister was also known as the world’s "first modern lesbian". Nicknamed Gentleman Jack for her androgynous fashion, which almost always included the color black, she penned diaries that contained many secret codes that were deciphered much after her death.

 6 Heather Mills

Heather Mills
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Model Heather Mills lost her left leg in an accident but continued to model using a prosthetic leg. She was previously married to singer Paul McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she is associated with organizations such as Viva! She has appeared on reality shows like Dancing with The Stars.

 7 Jane Asher

Jane Asher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Willesden, London
Jane Asher gained fame as a child actor and later worked in movies such as Alfie and Deep End. She has also appeared in series such as Wish Me Luck and Holby City. She supports autism-related charities, has authored three novels, and owns a cake-making company and a kitchenware brand.
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 8 Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Romford, England

Reality star and entrepreneur Gemma Collins soared to fame with reality shows such as The Only Way Is Essex, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother, and Dancing on Ice. She later launched her own reality franchise, Gemma Collins: Diva, and her own BBC podcast.

 9 Victoria Beckham

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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlow, Essex, England

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

 10 Vanessa Angel

Vanessa Angel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

Discovered by Eileen Ford, Vanessa Angel started modeling at age 14. She transitioned to movies with Spies Like Us and has since worked in several series such as Weird Science and movies such as Kingpin. She missed out on Lucy Lawless’s role in Xena: Warrior Princess due to an illness.

 11 Trinny Woodall

Trinny Woodall
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Fashion and makeover expert Trinny Woodall, founder of the makeup brand Trinny London, began her career as a marketing expert and then wrote fashion columns for The Daily Telegraph. She has co-hosted What Not to Wear with Susannah Constantine, has co-written several bestselling fashion books, and launched a sleepwear line.

 12 Finola Hughes

Finola Hughes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England, UK

Best known as Anna Devane from General Hospital and All My Children, Emmy-winning actor Finola Hughes had started her career with the Northern Ballet Company. She also worked at West End and played Victoria, as part of the original cast of Cats. She and her husband have also adopted two children.

 13 Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat
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Famous As: CFO Alphabet Inc.
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Sale, Cheshire, England
Ruth Porat, the CFO of Alphabet Inc. and Google since 2015, was also the CFO and executive vice president of Morgan Stanley earlier. She was seventh on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list in 2020. Named Institutional Investor’s Best Internet CFO, she has served on the boards of various corporate bodies.

 14 Deborah Meaden

Deborah Meaden
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Deborah Meaden launched her first business right after leaving college and was one of the first to launch a Stefanel franchise in the UK. Known for her appearance on Dragons' Den, she has invested in countless businesses and is also associated with charitable organizations such as the WWF.

 15 Sam Faiers

Sam Faiers
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brentwood, Essex, England

Sam Faiers is best known for her appearances on Celebrity Big Brother and The Only Way Is Essex. She is in a relationship with real-estate developer Paul Knightley and has also starred with him in The Mummy Diaries. She also has her own fitness website, which showcases health food recipes.

 16 Gina Miller

Gina Miller
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Famous As: Business owner and activist
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guyana

 17 Dido Harding

Dido Harding
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dorset, England

 18 Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick
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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Littlehampton
Died: September 10, 2007

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. She was also a passionate crusader for environmental issues. She founded the British version of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited. Her company was among the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals in some products. She was also involved with Greenpeace.  

 19 Marie-Chantal Claire

Marie-Chantal Claire
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Famous As: Crown Princess of Greece
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Marie-Chantal Claire is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece. Her parents-in-law are Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Her husband is the heir apparent to the now-defunct throne of Greece. The daughter of a prominent businessman, she married Pavlos in 1995. She is the founder of Marie-Chantal, an international childrenswear brand. 

 20 Amy Childs

Amy Childs
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brentwood, Essex, England, UK

Best known for her appearances on the shows The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother 8, Amy Childs also had her own show, It's All About Amy. She is also known for her on-and-off relationship with Bradley Wright, who is a builder with a bad criminal record.

 21 Clarissa Dickson Wright

Clarissa Dickson Wright
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St John's Wood, London, England
Died: March 15, 2014

Clarissa Dickson Wright was an English TV personality, celebrity cook, businesswoman, writer, and former barrister. Best remembered for appearing in the popular TV cooking program, Two Fat Ladies, along with Jennifer Paterson, Dickson Wright went on to become an important name in the culinary world. She also published several books and audio books pertaining to cooking.

 22 Jennie McAlpine

Jennie McAlpine
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Famous As: Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bury, Greater Manchester

Jennie McAlpine is an English TV actress and businesswoman. Interested in performing from childhood, she used to put up shows in her backyard and entertain her neighbors. She went on to pursue an acting career and is best known for her role in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She is involved in humanitarian endeavors as well.

 23 Denise Coates

Denise Coates
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Famous As: Chief executive officer, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

 24 Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson
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Famous As: Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester

Lucy Watson is a TV personality, businesswoman, and animal rights activist. She gained fame after appearing in the E4 hit show Made in Chelsea. She has been featured in many magazines and has collaborated with several brands, including Nasty Gal and Wilkinson Sword. She is also the author of two vegan cookbooks and runs a company called All Hearts.  

 25 Isabel Maxwell

Isabel Maxwell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Isabel Maxwell is a French-born entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Magellan, an early search engine. She studied at the University of Edinburgh. She first worked in film and TV production before venturing into technology, eventually becoming the president of Commtouch, an Israeli internet company. She has been listed as a technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum.  

 26 Julia Morley

Julia Morley
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England

Julia Morley is a British businesswoman who is the chairperson and CEO of Miss World Organization. She began her career as a model and eventually forayed into business. As the chairperson of Miss World, she introduced "Beauty With A Purpose", a cause to raise money for disadvantaged children. She received the Variety Humanitarian Award in 2016. 

 27 Jacqueline Gold

Jacqueline Gold
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Famous As: Business Women
Birthdate: July 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England, UK

Jacqueline Gold is a British businesswoman estimated to be the 16th richest woman in Great Britain. She is the chief executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers, and Knickerbox. The daughter of businessman David Gold, she began her career working under her father. Within years, she became an established businessperson in her own right. 

 28 Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia

Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

 29 Debonnaire von Bismarck

Debonnaire von Bismarck
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 30 Suzanne Dando

Suzanne Dando
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Famous As: Gymnast, TV presenter
Birthdate: July 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balham, London, England

Suzanne Dando is an English former gymnast who has represented Great Britain in important events like the 1979 World Gymnastics Championships and the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Suzanne Dando announced her retirement from gymnastics after the 1980 Olympics and then went on to work as a TV broadcaster for many channels, including Sky Sports, BBC One, and Channel 4.

 31 Madame Restell

Madame Restell
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Famous As: Abortionist
Birthdate: May 6, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: April 1, 1878

 32 Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

 33 Hazel Crane

Hazel Crane
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: November 10, 2003

A well-known South African socialite and businesswoman, Hazel Crane once smuggled diamonds and worked at a strip club. She had also been a nurse. She was gunned down while traveling in her car to testify against Israeli mafia boss Lior Saat. Her interesting life later became public through her post-humous memoir.

 34 Eleanor Coade

Eleanor Coade
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 3, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: November 16, 1821

Eleanor Coade was a British businesswoman known for her astute entrepreneurial, business, and marketing skills. She manufactured Neoclassical statues, architectural decorations, and garden ornaments. She created stoneware for many famous buildings, including St George's Chapel, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Carlton House. She was one of the few women to run a highly successful business in the Georgian era. 

 35 Phyllis Pearsall

Phyllis Pearsall
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: August 28, 1996

 36 Debra Searle

Debra Searle
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Famous As: Businesswoman, Adventurer
Birthdate: July 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England

 37 Bandy Kiki

Bandy Kiki
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakiri, Cameroon

 38 Holly Branson

Holly Branson
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Famous As: Richard Branson’s Daughter
Birthdate: November 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 39 Angela Beesley Starling

Angela Beesley Starling
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, England

 40 Meggi Lashes

Meggi Lashes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dudley, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom

 41 Billie Faiers

Billie Faiers
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: January 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England

 42 Dorothea Christina Thomas

Dorothea Christina Thomas
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: June 26, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. George's, Grenada
Died: August 5, 1846