Poppy Gustafsson, 35

Co-CEO, Darktrace

by MT staff

Gustafsson is at the helm of Cambridge-based cyber security firm Darktrace, which uses AI to mimic the human immune system in computers. Set up in 2013 by a mix of mathematicians and government intelligence experts and backed by Autonomy founder Mike Lynch, the company is now valued at $1.25bn – giving it the coveted "unicorn" status  – and has just announced a record year’s trading with contracts worth $400m secured. Chartered accountant Gustafsson, who has gone from CFO to COO to co-CEO, was named City AM’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2017. 

Photographer: Julian Dodd

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