Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 63= - Robert Brooks, Bonham Brooks

The auction house entrepreneur is worth £200m.

by Philip Beresford

Bonhams chairman Robert Brooks started in the auction trade working at Christie's at 17 as a porter. He set up on his own in 1989 backed by a Dutch businessman and bought the 200-year-old Bonhams auction house in 2000 to create Bonham Brooks. A float or stake sale is mooted for the company, which made £21m profit on sales of £127m in 2013.

Age: 58
Activity: Fine art auctions
Wealth: £200m
Latest turnover: £127m
Five-year rise in turnover: 74%
No. of employees: 772
Five-year rise in employment: 25%
Score: 170

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