Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014: No. 71= - John Bloor, Bloor Holdings/Triumph

The iconic motorbikes and construction entrepreneur is worth £750m.

by Philip Beresford
Last Updated: 23 Oct 2014

Triumph sold 50,000 motorbikes last year, 85% of them for export. A miner's son from Derbyshire who trained as a plasterer, Bloor bought the Triumph name for £150,000 in 1983. He spent upwards of £80m on a highly efficient Midlands assembly plant to revive the famous marque forever linked with Steve McQueen's heroics in the Great Escape.

But it is in contstruction that Bloor made his name. Bloor Homes builds 2,000 homes a year and is one of the UK's largest privately-owned housebuilders. Its parent company Bloor Holdings made £35.5m profit on £760m sales in 2012-13.

Age: 71
Activity: Construction/Motorbikes
Wealth: £750m
Latest turnover: £760m
Five-year rise in turnover: 22%
No. of employees: 2,693
Five-year rise in employment: 19%
Score: 192

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