Tony Pidgley, CBE

Founder and CEO, Berkeley Group Holdings

Tony Pidgley founded Berkeley Homes in 1976 and it has since become one of the largest house builders in the UK, responsible for constructing one in every ten new homes in London. The group, which specialises in building properties in London and the South, comprises five autonomous companies. The last five years have seen its share price quadruple, and in 2015 it was listed in the FTSE 100 for the first time. Pidgley was born to a single mother and subsequently adopted from Barnardos at the age of four by travellers who made their living chopping down trees and selling the wood. He left home at 15, bought a lorry and established a haulage business, which he sold six years later: just the first chapter in his extraordinary success story.

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