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The top 100 entrepreneurs: the league table

Rank Name Age Company Activity Region Wealth (£m) Latest turnover (£m) 5-year % In turnover No. of staff 5-year % rise in staff Score
1 Victoria Beckham* 40 Victoria Beckham Fashion South East 210 30 2900 100 3233 28
2 Amit & Meeta Patel 39/40 Auden Mckenzie Pharm'ls South East 325 52 373 79 229 29
3 Mahmud Kamani* 50 Boohoo.com Online
fashion
North West 290 110 746 394 369 30
4 Julian Dunkerton 49 Supergroup Fashion South East 332 431 374 2219 178 35
5 Roy MacGregor* 61 Global Energy Oil & rig
services
Scot 300 358 201 4702 509 39
6 Denise Coates* 47 Bet365 Online
gaming
East
Mids
2000 1371 226 3138 139 45
7 John Roberts 41 AO World Online
retail
North West 300 385 203 1193 202 47
8 Peter Kelly 61 Softcat Software South East 310 396 250 488 152 49
9 Philip Doye* 46 Kelway IT services South East 330 527 196 946 166 52
10 Jonathan Ruffer 63 Ruffer Investment Management Invest'ts South East 380 146 295 123 120 55
11 Lawrence Jones 46 UKFast Cloud computing North West 247 24 166 250 268 58
12 Chris and Chris Edwards 64/32 Poundworld Discount
retail
Yorks 200 345 267 2275 193 59
13 Noel Hayden 43 Gamesys Online
games
South East 208 181 207 647 158 67
14= Tom Morris* 60 Home Bargains Discount
retail
North West 2050 1058 120 9238 131 70
14= Charlie Sharland 54 AppSense Software North West 150 62 244 498 196 70
16 Chris Dawson 62 The Range Home retail South West 1280 382 118 5110 123 78
17= Alex Pusco 49 ActivTrades Forex South East 80 22 450 113 352 88
17= Gareth Williams 45 Skyscanner Online
travel
Scot 80 66 633 276 345 88
19= Jason Bannister 43 Oak Furniture Land Furniture
retail
South West 70 145 753 616 793 89
19= Tony Pidgley 67 Berkeley Group House building South East 210 1621 164 1647 120 89
21 Lance Uggla 52 Markit Financial information South East 450 579 96 3000 116 94
22 Dr Jonathan Milner 49 Abcam Genetic research East Anglia 130 122 114 690 222 97
23 Tony Langley 59 Langley Group Industry East
Mids
1050 694 84 4042 78 98
24 Alex Chesterman** 44 Zoopla Online
property
South East 75 64 700 172 192 101
25 Sir James Dyson 67 Dyson Electrical appliances
South West 3300 1300 69 4500 87 105
26 Matthew Riley** 40 Daisy Telecoms North West 110 1351 162 1381 157 110
27 Sukhinder and Raj Singh 46/42 Whisky Exchange Online retail South East 100 35 169 61 144 111
28 Chrissie Rucker and Nick Wheeler 45/49 The White Company/Charles Tyrwhitt Retail clothing South East 310 247 96 1575 63 112
29 Sir David McMurtry 74 Renishaw Precision instruments South West 505 347 103 3092 44 114
30 Robin MacGeachy* 50 Peak Scientific Lab equip't Scot 50 29 190 216 204 126
31 Philip Meeson 67 Dart Group Aviation Yorks 135 1120 158 4471 63 1127
32 Mike Loggie* 70 Saltire Energy Oil services Scot 125 33 120 52 93 129
33 Brian Conlon 48 First Derivatives Financial software N.
Ireland
82 70 180 806 124 131
34= Ayman Asfari 56 Petrofac Oil services South East 750 3821 69 15948 37 134
34= Graeme and Yvonne Brooks 60/59 Avtrade Aviation N.
Ireland
75 71 129 134 173 134
34= Zuber and Mohsin Issa 42/43 Euro Garages Petrol
stations
North West 100 438 81 1377 163 134
34= Gordon Sanders 68 Runwood Homes Care homes South East 175 94 81 3571 75 134
38= Subaskaran Allirajah 42 Lycatel/Lycamobile Telecoms South East 180 613 39 1086 209 135
38= Maurice Critchley 66 Severn Glocon Engineering South West 90 94 109 778 143 135
40 Alfie Cheyne 50 Alfred Cheyne Engineering Industry Scot 60 35 192 295 142 137
41 Hayley Parsons 40 Gocompare.com Online
insurance
Wales 120 110 47 166 219 139
42= Phil Cronin 50 Tombola Internet
gaming
North East 90 40 100 220 124 143
42= Harshadrai Patel 70 Interport Pharm'ls South East 40 121 203 126 138 143
44= Andrew Vincent 58 BJSS Software Yorks 80 48 153 282 120 144
44= Charles Wigoder 54 Telecom Plus Telecom/
energy
services
South East 195 659 79 696 54 144
46 Michael Macdonald 59 MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Industry South East 58 44 300 265 66 145
47 Stephen and Jacqueline Neal 70/64 Abbey Group Steel Yorks 103 42 163 187 46 146
48= Mark and Mo Constantine 62/61 Lush Cosmetics Cosmetics South West 204 363 69 6659 56 147
48= James Neville* 47 Volac Nutritional products South East 90 143 165 209 55 147
50 Jeff and Jonathan Batson 50/50 Ralawise Fashion Wales 70 76 138 147 127 150
51 Angus MacSween 58 Iomart Cloud
computing
Scot 40 56 211 293 102 151
52 Richard Higham 56 Acteon Oil & gas services East Anglia 300 498 73 2240 26 156
53= Robin Faccenda 77 Hillesden Investments Poultry South East 210 536 59 3144 44 157
53= Hamid Guedroudj 60 Petroleum Experts Oil R&D Scot 85 38 124 59 64 157
53= Eric Herd 57 Farmfoods Frozen foods Scot 300 689 47 3891 39 157
56 Michael Wright* 58 Riviera Tours Travel West Mids 90 106 125 84 50 158
57 Tim Steiner 44 Ocado Online food retail South East 90 792 97 5742 64 159
58 Dale Vince 53 Ecotricity Re'ble energy South West 100 66 74 285 78 161
59 Chris Rea 60 AES Engineering Industry Yorks 160 146 74 1668 38 163
60 Max Smith-Hilliard 55 Forza AW Meat & poultry Yorks 115 276 75 1285 61 164
61 Kuljinder Bahia 41 Southall Travel Travel South East 298 336 66 38 27 165
62 Jake Shafran 62 Jato Dynamics Autom've research South East 100 56 65 553 94 169
63= Robert Brooks 58 Bonham Brooks Fine art
auctions
South East 200 127 74 772 25 170
63= Martin Thatcher* 46 Thatchers Cider Drinks South West 75 52 189 104 37 170
65 John Jakes 58 Acorn Mobility Stairlifts Yorks 130 127 95 973 22 179
66 Douglas and Iain Anderson* 59/55 GAP Holdings Plant &
tool hire
Scot 105 118 74 1049 36 183
67 Ian and Nicola Warhurst** 45/46 Melett Car parts Yorks 73 20 45 73 170 184
68 Gregory Darling 61 Gardline Offshore services East Anglia 205 229 39 973 22 179
69 Tim Martin 59 JD Wetherspoon Pubs South East 280 1281 34 15402 33 187
70 Paul Day* 56 Turners (Soham) Logistics East Anglia 205 242 34 2390 34 191
71= John Bloor 71 Bloor Holdings/Triumph Construct'n motorbikes East
Mids
750 760 22 2693 19 192
71= Michael Gregory 70 Cromwell Group Tools East
Mids
295 270 53 1935 11 192
73= Nigel Spokes* 53 Scot Group Southern Car hire South West 160 97 62 1057 24 193
73= Keith Black* 55 Regatta/Craghoppers Outdoor
clothing
North West 120 165 45 843 45 193
75 Barry and Frances Dodd 67/68 GSM Group Industry Yorks 58 30 114 354 39 194
76 Lesley Wild* 62 Bettys & Taylors Catering, confect'y Yorks 138 149 67 1403 21 195
77 Terry Lister* 71 Listers of Coventry (Motors) Car sales West
Mids
120 860 48 1891 33 199
78 Pradip and Manish Dhamecha 56/58 Dhamecha Food Cash &
carry
South East 130 586 48 462 25 202
79 Simon Preedy* 54 Marla Tube Fittings Industry West
Mids
125 115 77 180 5 205
80 Sir Paul Smith* 68 Paul Smith Fashion East
Mids
315 202 20 1017 17 206
81 Andrew Redmayne* 56 NRL Recruit't North West 30 135 82 120 50 207
82 Douglas Craig* 65 Craig Group Offshore
support
Scot 175 147 40 1062 14 215
83 Geoffrey Turnbull 68 GT Group Industry North East 45 34 143 266 18 217
84 Dr Keith Howard 83 Emerald Academic publishing Yorks 95 38 23 328 46 218
85 Suzanne Marshall-Forsyth 50 Phoenix Software Software Yorks 90 87 67 133 18 221
86= Andrew Brode 74 RWS Translation services South East 140 77 40 532 12 224
86= James Hook* 58 PD Hook Poultry &
eggs
West
Mids
118 115 40 476 21 224
88 John Coulter and Ann Jones 60/62 Warren James Retail Yorks 167 59 23 828 18 225
89 Tim Mead* 51 Yeo Valley Dairy produce South West 82 261 47 1657 32 227
90 Dame Vivienne Westwood 73 Vivienne Westwood Fashion South East 50 29 38 216 64 229
91= David Beddow
66 Border Holdings Car parts West
Mids
65 54 54 221 33 232
91= Nigel Piercey 59 CliniMed Healthcare South East 175 79 22 594 8 232
93 Cathie Paver* 86 Pavers Shoes Yorks 70 66 50 916 26 237
94= Adrian and Kevin Taylor 71/46 Adria Industrial cleaning Scot 90 28 40 136 20 238
94= David Wernick* 57 Wernick Group Temporary buildings South East 85 82 46 537 21 238
96 Christopher Duncan 75 Numatic Vacuum cleaners South West 103 124 26 885 7 251
97 Sam Rayner* 61 Lakeland Retail North West 80 166 17 1879 28 253
98 Stuart Lomax* 48 Alco Valves Engineering Yorks 45 18 64 111 13 258
99 Rajbir Singh Manak 48 Akaal Construction South East 45 58 41 112 22 260
100 Fran Cotton 67 Cotton Traders Online clothing North West 40 80 25 1091 34 261

Methodology

Philip Beresford ranks the Top 100 Entrepreneurs by three criteria:

1 They are ranked by their own or their immediate family asset wealth, which we identify from their holdings in private or public companies, share sales, dividends, salaries, plus any other assets that they have revealed to us.

2 They are ranked on the percentage growth in turnover over the past five years (or less if figures do not go back five years). We rank them on the percentage growth rather than the actual growth, as this allows a level playing field for large and small companies. We do not measure profits growth as private and public companies have very different approaches to declaring profits. Public companies try to maximise their profits to please shareholders, while private companies often keep their profits low to minimise tax liabilities. That said, we do keep a careful eye on profits and avoid companies that may be building turnover at the expense of profits.

3 As with 2, we rank them on the percentage growth in the jobs they have created in the past five years. This is designed to highlight our Top 100 entrepreneurs’ hugely important role as the leading job creators in the private sector.

Finally, we add up the figures for their rankings in the wealth, turnover and employment columns. The lowest score (which could theoretically be 3 for first in all three) is the winner and so on down to the 100th person on the list. We have selected the 100 using a variety of criteria: trying to get a good geographic spread, finding women entrepreneurs (still sadly few in number), those who are making good profits (without which the business would not survive) and avoiding those where there are any warnings of deteriorating performance. Where a family own a company, we have given the name of the lead family member – the entrepreneur who has built up the business.

* Includes family stake.
**Figures may be for less than five years.
*** Total score is the sum of rankings for wealth, five-year percentage rise in turnover and five-year percentage rise in employment. The lower, the better.
All figures for turnover and employee numbers are drawn from accounts filed at Companies House by the end of September 2014.


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