Most Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Entrepreneurs in the UK


From Sir James Dyson to Richard Branson, some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world reside in the UK. The natural creative flair and also its tax-friendly environment has made Britain an appealing place to be and have contributed to its success stories. Here are some of the most successful entrepreneurs you can find in the UK these days and all of them started with humble beginnings:

Sir Philip, Arcadia

After he left school at the age of 15, Sir Philip Green kicked off his career in retail when he started importing jeans from the Far East and began selling them to London retailers. From there, Green eventually took over the Arcadia Group, which owns some high-street chains such as Miss Selfridge, Burton and Topshop.

Mike, Sports Direct

He left school at 16 and became a county-level squash coach after he suffered from an injury. Ashley set up his first Sport & Ski Shop in the 1980s in Maidenhead before he got a £10,000 loan and hit it big with Sports Direct.

Peter, Hargreaves Lansdowne

It was from a spare bedroom that Hargreaves began an investment broker business with his partner. In the beginning, their assets included their personal cars and £500 in cash. The value of the company was noted as £800 million on the London Stock market in 2007.

António Osório, Lloyds Banking Group

Hailing from Portugal, António Osório studied hard and obtained various degrees and qualifications to become a skilled banker. He also gained extensive experience by working in Goldman Sachs, Citibank and even served as an assistant and guest professor at a university. He is now the CEO of Lloyds Banking Group and takes home a salary of $10.3 million.

John, Phones 4U

It was in 1987 that he bet that the next big thing would be mobile phones and Caudwell had no idea how right he was. Starting off with a mail order shop in the Midlands, he succeeded in building Phones 4U, which became a high street giant. Caudwell sold the company in 2006 and this netted him a sum of £1 billion.

Sir Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse

Having a capital f £6,000, Dunstone began working from his flat by selling mobile phones. Eventually, Carphone Warehouse, his company ended up becoming the largest independent mobile phone retailer in Europe. When the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2000, it was valued at about £1.7 billion.

Sir Pervez, Bestway Group

Originally from Pakistan, Mr. Pervez moved to the UK at the age of 21. Later on, he set up his first convenience store, which went on to become the huge Bestway Group that earned a value of £2.95 billion.

Chris, The Range

The discount store chain The Range was founded by Mr. Dawson in 1988. He had worked as a market trader before then, but the chain transformed him into a successful entrepreneur as it now has about 140 stores all over the UK.


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