Birol Nadir - son of Asil - appears to be a chip off the old block of the early 1980s. He was astute enough to spot the potential of Harland Simon, the Milton Keynes computer controls group. Recently he sold his 28% stake in Harland, raising some £22 million. He had bought the shares two years earlier for around 316p a share and sold for 485p.
It was certainly a smart move to invest in Harland, which is Britain's best performing company, according to the first ever analysis measuring the performance of both private and publicly quoted companies. This should make chief executive Roy Ashman proud. The survey, by Jordans, draws on a database of some 90,000 companies and refines them down to the top 520, based on four key criteria: profit and sales growth, profit per employee and return on net assets.