Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 16 - Chris Dawson, The Range

The home retail entrepreneur is worth £1.28bn.

by Philip Beresford

Chris Dawson's home retail chain "The Range" is growing relentlessly and now has around 110 stores nationwide. Dawson started in business at the age of seven selling ice-cream in his native Plymouth. He went on to become a market trader developing a patter that earned him the nickname 'Plymouth's very own deluxe Del Boy,' for his ability as a salesman. Sales have risen 118% while staff numbers are up 123% in the last five years.

Age: 62
Activity: Home retail
Wealth: £1.28bn
Latest turnover: £382m
Five-year rise in turnover: 118%
No. of employees: 5110
Five-year rise in employment: 123%
Score: 78

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