From Sir Green to Antonio AntónioHorta, the United Kingdom is the main hub to some of the most inspirational businessmen in the world. The tax-friendly environment of the country and the natural creative flair are the main reasons for why the UK has many successful businessmen with an incredible inspiration for the new and young entrepreneurs.
Below are six of themost inspirational and successful businessmen who started from humble beginning.
- Sir Green
Philip Greenembarked his retailing career with £20,000 when he was just 15. Initially, hestarted with importing jeans from the Far East and selling to retailers in London. His determination and hard work brought him to the point where he took over the Arcadia Group that owned many high-street chains such as Miss Selfridge, Topshop, and Burton. Today, Philip Green makes £4 billion as a net worth every year.
The English billionaire Mike Ashley started at 16 with a county-level squash coaching in Maidenhead in 1982. The 53-year-old opened his first ski and sport shop with a £10,000 loan and saw huge success just in 8 years by expanding the stores and its chains all across the UK. Known as the British Howard Hughes, Mile Ashley is very private about his fortune.
Peter Kendal Hargreaves is the co-founder of Hargreaves Lansdown – one of the largest financial services businesses in the UK. He and his business partner started with £500 for an investment broker business from a spare room of his house. They used their vehicles as their small company’s assets. The 71-year-old made most of his money from his company that soared with £800 million value in the London Stock Marketin 2007.
The former chairman and co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse was 25 years old when started his mobile business with £6,000 saving. He had a prior experience of working as a sales executive at NEC that helped him amass huge from his endeavors. Charles Dunstone continued to work hard and earned a prominent position among the top inspirational businessmen in the United Kingdom.
- Christopher Downson
The founder of Range discount store chain, the 65-year-old Christopher FrederickDownson started as a market trader with £5,000 in 1988. Initially he sold seafood with his father, and vended perfumes and jewelry too. In 1968, he established CDS superstores and started an outlet store in Plymouth known as “The Range Home” selling toys, DIY equipment, home wares and jewelry. Today, this British billionaire businessman is running more than 140 stores across the United Kingdom while his annual net worth is £1.9 billion.
The 53-year-old Portuguese banker is a renowned name in banking sector in the United Kingdom.With a $10.3 million annual salary, António Horta is the CEO of Lloyds Banking Group. He started his banking career from Citibank in 1987 and served at numerous reputable finance and banking organizations. Osorio’s hard work earned him many awards and honors throughout his excellentmonetary and banking services.