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James Anderson, Baillie Gifford fund manager, was the inspiration for this list. “Why haven’t we grown large companies?”
This doesn’t change the fact that it is a strong feeling. Today’s British entrepreneurs cannot match Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Anderson’s success at Baillie Giford was fueled by their success at Amazon and Tesla.
In the accompanying article, we discuss why this is and whether the UK’s economic climate is changing. This article will focus on entrepreneurs who have established large businesses, and those that have been highly rated with high hopes for future success.
The list is not exhaustive. Our rule of thumb was sales or a valuation of at least £ 500 million. Entrepreneurs did not have to be British in order to be eligible, but they had to have close connections or be located in the UK. It is important to keep in touch with the company but not run it. While you don’t need to be the founder of the company, you must be responsible for its growth.
The tech sector would dominate a similar list in the US. In the UK, however, many of the most successful companies are located in older industries. They are often built by older people, mostly men.
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UPDATE: Mahmud Kamani from Boohoo and Carol Kane of Homeserve have been added, as well Richard Harpin, Robert Walters, from Robert Walters, and David Howden, from Howden Group. Thank you for your suggestions.
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