Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 25 - Sir James Dyson

The electrical appliances entrepreneur is worth £3.3bn.

by Philip Beresford

Dyson’s profits increased by 5% to £382m in 2013 on the back of its Asian exports and the increased popularity of its cordless vacuum cleaner. In Japan, where the brand is now the country’s most popular, Dyson has announced it will launch its first robotic vacuum cleaner there next year. It is all a long way from Sir James Dyson's early days. Having studied industrial design at the Royal College of Art put his skills to good use. His first foray into inventing was the Ballbarrow thirty years ago and he spent 15 years plugging away to get the Dyson cleaner on the market. It nearly bankrupted him. 

Age: 67
Activity: Electrical appliances
Wealth: £3.3bn
Latest turnover: £1.3bn
Five-year rise in turnover: 69%
No. of employees: 4500
Five-year rise in employment: 87%
Score: 105

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