Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2006: The league table

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Rnk Name Age Company Activity 1 James Ratcliffe 53 Ineos Group Chemicals 2 Patrick McKenna 49 Ingenious Media Media 3 Simon Nixon 38 Moneysupermarket.com Personal finance 4 Peter Cruddas 52 CMC Group Financial servs 5 Andrew Turner 47 Central Trust Personal finance 6 Terry Smith 52 Collins Stewart Tullett Financial servs 7 David Beach 41 Beach Capital Mngmnt Financial servs 8 Trevor Hemmings 70 Northern Trust Leisure 9 Ben White 37 MessageLabs Software 10 Judy Craymer 48 Littlestar Services Theatre 11 Sir Ian Wood 63 John Wood Group Oil services 12 Chris Dawson 54 CDS (Superstores) Retail 13 Tony Langley 51 Langley Holdings Engineering 14 Duncan Bannatyne 56 Bannatyne Fitness Leisure 15 Peter & Denise 67/38 Bet365 Online gaming Coates 16 Mike Ashley 41 Sportsworld Int'l Sportswear retail =17 Andrew Black* 42 Betfair (The Sporting Online gaming Exchange) =17 Stephen & Paul 36/34 Harron Homes Building Harrison =19 Dr Peter Lammer 47 Sophos Software =19 Dr Jan Hruska 48 Sophos Software =21 Mark Fitzgerald* 29 MX Telecom Telecoms =21 Thomas O'Donohoe* 27 MX Telecom Telecoms 23 Elena Ambrosiadou 47 Ikos (UK) Financial servs 24 Allen Timpany 49 Vanco Telecoms 25 David Murray 54 Murray International Metals 26 Gary Dutton 56 Synseal Holdings Industry 27 Charles Dunstone 41 Carphone Warehouse Telecoms 28 Henry Moser 56 Blemain (Jerrold Financial servs Holdings) 29 Fred & Peter 62/58 Done Cash Betting/ Gaming/personnel Done Peninsula Business 30 Duncan Davidson 64 Persimmon Construction =31 Jane Cavanagh 48 SCI Entertainment Computer games =31 Emma Harrison 42 Action for Employment Business servs =33 Matthew Brown 42 Giant Group Accountancy servs =33 Anthony Cann 66 Promethean Interactive technology =35 Christian Rucker 37 The White Co (UK) Retail =35 Shaf Rasul 35 E-Net Computers Computer supplies 37 John Coulter & 54/51 Warren James Retail Anne Jones 38 Penny Streeter 38 Ambition 24 Hours Recruitment =39 Mayank Patel* 38 Currencies Direct Foreign exchange =39 Gamil Magal* 49 Magal Engineering Engineering 41 Peter Simon 56 Monsoon Fashion retail 42 Antonio 68 Carluccio's Restaurants Carluccio* =43 Tom Singh 56 New Look Fashion retail =43 Christopher 44 4D Telecom Telecoms Bradbury* =43 Nick Robertson 38 Asos Online fashion retail 46 Tom Morris 51 TJ Morris Retail =47 Gary Widdowson 47 GAD Holdings Industry =47 David & Luisa 54/54 Mama's and Papa's Nursery retail Scacchetti 49 Johnny Boden 44 JP Boden Fashion retail 50 Karan Bilimoria 44 Cobra Beer Beer =51 David Newton* 47 Chestnut Homes Building =51 Linda Bennett 43 LK Bennett Fashion retail 53 Michael Masterson 55 Masterson Holdings Construction =54 Charles Wigoder 45 Telecom Plus Telecoms =54 Gary Corbett* 45 Opera Telecom Telecoms =54 Sir Arnold Clark 78 Arnold Clark Car sales Automobiles 57 Vijay & Bikhu 56/58 Waymade Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Patel 58 Neil McRoberts 62 Moorcroft Group Debt collection 59 Simon Rogan 46 Sirocom Telecoms 60 Harpal Matharu 49 Global Grange Hotels 61 John Whittaker 63 Peel Holdings Transport/ property =62 David Hold* 45 Barrons Caravans =62 Gordon Shields 57 Shields Environmental Recycling =62 Bill Ainscough 57 Langtree Group Building 65 Eric Herd 48 Farmfoods Food retail 66 Anwar Patel 51 Primelight/Gorgemead Retail chemist =67 Chey Garland* 48 CJ Garland Call centres =67 David Wilson 64 Wilson Bowden Construction 69 Michael Spencer 50 Icap Financial servs 70 Nick Robinson 46 Phoenix IT Group Software 71 Carole Nash 64 Carole Nash Insurance Insurance 72 John Randall 76 Kanes Foods Food 73 Michael & Kevin 55/50 Lagan Holdings Construction Lagan 74 Rahul & Rita 47/45 Worldwide Journeys Travel Sharma =75 Sukhpal Singh 47 Euro Car Parts Automotive parts Ahluwalia =75 Douglas Anderson 50 GAP Holdings Plant hire =77 John Bloor 62 Bloor Holdings Building/ motorbikes =77 Sir Anwar Pervez 70 Bestway Cash & carry =79 Peter Stephens 50 Lotus Group Travel =79 Sam Rayner 52 Lakeland Retail 81 Afzal Khushi 50 Jacobs & Turner Fashion 82 Raj Chatha* 36 European Food Brokers Drinks wholesaler =83 Stewart Milne 55 Stewart Milne Group Construction =83 Tim & Kit Kemp 59/- Firmdale Hotels Hotels 85 Andrew Nisbet 45 Nisbets Catering equip. 86 Bharat Shah 56 Sigma Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals 87 Judy Naake 58 Beauty Source Cosmetics (St Tropez) 88 Ian Scarr-Hall 67 GSH Group Building services 89 John Guest 78 John Guest Industry 90 Elizabeth Gooch* 44 EG Solutions Software 91 Philippa Rose 48 The Rose Partnership Recruitment 92 Christine 57 Lotus Group Travel Burrowes 93 Graham Anwyl 62 Anwyl Construction Building 94 Sanjay Vadera 38 Per-Scent Perfume 95 Bill Robertson 60 Robertson Group Construction 96 Suzanne Marshall 41 Phoenix Software Software =97 James Murray* 35 Alternative Networks Telecoms =97 Denise O'Donoghue 50 Hat Trick Productions TV production =99 Anthony Robinson 51 Autointermediates Publishing =99 Tom Dalrymple 60 Globespan Group Travel Rnk Name Wealth Latest 5-yr % No of 5-yr % Score (pounds t'over rise in employ- rise in ** m) (pounds t'over ees employ- m) ment 1 James Ratcliffe 1,100 2,372 1,014 2,439 416 17 2 Patrick McKenna 265 43 2,050 62 786 26 3 Simon Nixon 260 60 2,900 256 445 27 4 Peter Cruddas 830 26 333 130 441 34 5 Andrew Turner 250 67 458 413 265 60 6 Terry Smith 62 582 958 2,423 869 64 7 David Beach 180 53 783 25 177 66 8 Trevor Hemmings 730 103 139 2,051 337 67 9 Ben White 90 57 714 557 316 74 10 Judy Craymer 67 23 2,200 16 220 81 11 Sir Ian Wood 475 1,036 84 12,849 972 82 12 Chris Dawson 129 90 233 1,211 282 84 13 Tony Langley 60 109 581 1,056 274 89 14 Duncan Bannatyne 115 32 255 868 201 92 15 Peter & Denise 126 605 565 769 127 94 Coates 16 Mike Ashley 500 626 130 8,040 166 95 =17 Andrew Black* 105 107 234 423 186 96 =17 Stephen & Paul 60 55 1,000 144 162 96 Harrison =19 Dr Peter Lammer 90 66 187 852 330 97 =19 Dr Jan Hruska 90 66 187 852 330 97 =21 Mark Fitzgerald* 20 25 24,900 14 367 103 =21 Thomas O'Donohoe* 20 25 24,900 14 367 103 23 Elena Ambrosiadou 60 19 850 30 131 107 24 Allen Timpany 165 104 271 428 99 108 25 David Murray 550 249 67 2,917 315 109 26 Gary Dutton 100 80 176 649 181 110 27 Charles Dunstone 680 2,317 112 12,253 125 111 28 Henry Moser 142 55 293 191 93 112 29 Fred & Peter 200 605 223 1,792 92 114 Done 30 Duncan Davidson 165 2,131 187 4,597 108 116 =31 Jane Cavanagh 30 31 675 139 266 118 =31 Emma Harrison 55 56 300 1,144 180 118 =33 Matthew Brown 23 44 267 2,077 933 119 =33 Anthony Cann 50 69 527 280 162 119 =35 Christian Rucker 17 29 383 242 868 120 =35 Shaf Rasul 52 67 737 60 140 120 37 John Coulter & 153 92 136 745 128 122 Anne Jones 38 Penny Streeter 50 59 392 175 157 123 =39 Mayank Patel* 40 700 165 53 562 124 =39 Gamil Magal* 24 56 331 858 340 124 41 Peter Simon 600 364 112 3,740 84 126 42 Antonio 11 28 367 652 398 131 Carluccio* =43 Tom Singh 407 813 73 12,166 151 133 =43 Christopher 40 14 180 73 329 133 Bradbury* =43 Nick Robertson 8 13 1,200 70 204 133 46 Tom Morris 130 222 124 2,318 117 135 =47 Gary Widdowson 95 80 196 204 79 139 =47 David & Luisa 57 93 127 776 234 139 Scacchetti 49 Johnny Boden 57 86 196 441 122 143 50 Karan Bilimoria 35 20 186 67 252 144 =51 David Newton* 32 16 300 66 144 148 =51 Linda Bennett 55 36 157 421 154 148 53 Michael Masterson 60 59 136 224 120 152 =54 Charles Wigoder 38 102 264 185 114 158 =54 Gary Corbett* 75 87 181 70 67 158 =54 Sir Arnold Clark 365 1,591 84 6,914 53 158 57 Vijay & Bikhu 444 296 64 612 75 159 Patel 58 Neil McRoberts 100 29 142 229 42 162 59 Simon Rogan 14 21 250 84 163 163 60 Harpal Matharu 125 37 85 718 68 169 61 John Whittaker 1,000 219 55 1,346 50 170 =62 David Hold* 20 87 569 321 68 173 =62 Gordon Shields 30 35 133 236 154 173 =62 Bill Ainscough 227 91 86 163 38 173 65 Eric Herd 95 407 104 3,001 53 174 66 Anwar Patel 60 129 119 923 73 175 =67 Chey Garland* 22 28 133 2,110 157 178 =67 David Wilson 400 1,282 76 2,593 33 178 69 Michael Spencer 382 794 68 2,929 37 179 70 Nick Robinson 50 88 105 1,125 105 181 71 Carole Nash 21 23 188 331 101 182 72 John Randall 40 67 109 1,076 98 189 73 Michael & Kevin 180 230 78 1,062 30 190 Lagan 74 Rahul & Rita 95 45 67 68 66 191 Sharma =75 Sukhpal Singh 100 70 63 800 57 192 Ahluwalia =75 Douglas Anderson 75 56 93 633 42 192 =77 John Bloor 400 471 33 1,699 33 197 =77 Sir Anwar Pervez 237 1,115 29 2,363 47 197 =79 Peter Stephens 93 230 92 502 28 200 =79 Sam Rayner 95 118 62 1,115 53 200 81 Afzal Khushi 75 40 38 197 86 203 82 Raj Chatha* 42 93 82 136 89 204 =83 Stewart Milne 240 217 45 852 6 214 =83 Tim & Kit Kemp 60 25 32 467 82 214 85 Andrew Nisbet 57 56 87 280 31 218 86 Bharat Shah 78 202 76 175 12 221 87 Judy Naake 45 15 114 80 18 224 88 Ian Scarr-Hall 39 102 89 1,476 33 231 89 John Guest 53 85 63 1,186 37 234 90 Elizabeth Gooch* 12 4 100 24 50 236 91 Philippa Rose 27 9 80 36 44 237 92 Christine 34 230 92 502 28 239 Burrowes 93 Graham Anwyl 49 39 77 193 23 240 94 Sanjay Vadera 75 41 37 31 11 242 95 Bill Robertson 40 141 76 701 22 246 96 Suzanne Marshall 27 51 64 127 37 252 =97 James Murray* 17 41 58 256 50 260 =97 Denise O'Donoghue 25 22 57 31 41 260 =99 Anthony Robinson 18 13 63 106 34 267 =99 Tom Dalrymple 35 98 58 197 11 267 *Figures may be less than for five years **Total score is the sum of the rankings for wealth, five-year percentage rise in turnover and five-year percentage rise in employment. The lower, the better. Figures for turnover and employee numbers are drawn from most recent accounts filed at Companies House or supplied by the company.

METHODOLOGY

1. The Top 100 are ranked firstly on their asset wealth, which we identify from their holdings in private or public companies, plus any other assets that they have revealed to us.

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

3. The third measure is the percentage growth in the number of jobs that the entrepreneur has created over the five-year period. This is designed to highlight the vital role that our Top 100 entrepreneurs play as leading job creators in the private sector.

4. 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 a company ranked first in all three) is the winner, and so on down the list.

We have selected our 100 using a variety of criteria to get a good geographic spread, to include female entrepreneurs and those who are making good profits, and to avoid any companies exhibiting warning signs of possible deteriorating performance. Where a family owns a company, we have focused on the name of the leading family member - the entrepreneur - who has built up the business.

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