Business and Finance

Business and finance

From billionaire captains of industry to famous business grandees and entrepreneurs, Debrett's has picked a selection of representatives from the world of business.

Click on the links below to read their biographies....

Mohamed Al Fayed

The Egyptian businessman has extensive business interests, including English premiership football team Fulham Football Club. He is well known as the former owner of Harrods.

Lord Bilimoria

The founder of Cobra beer, Lord Bilimoria has transformed the Indian product into a global brand.

Sir Richard Branson

World-famous for his Virgin brand encompassing over 360 companies, Sir Richard Branson has been a business entrepreneur since the age of 16.

Peter Jones, CBE

A business entrepreneur with interests in media, telecommunications, leisure and property, Peter Jones came to public attention on BBC2's Dragons' Den.

Ian Livingston

The chief executive of BT since 2008, Ian Livingston has held directorships at Dixons and Freeserve.

The Lord Sugar

A business tycoon whose fortune was based on his electronics company Amstrad, Lord Sugar is famous for presenting BBC's The Apprentice.

Sir James Dyson

An inventor and business entrepreneur, Sir James Dyson is internationally known for his revolutionary bagless vacuum cleaner.

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover

Born into the Sainsbury's supermarket dynasty, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover is one of three brothers who transformed the fortunes of the family firm.

Sir Rocco Forte

The resilient heir of the Forte Group, Sir Rocco Forte has bounced back from a hostile takeover to rebuild the fortunes of the Forte brand name, setting up his own chain of hotels.

Deborah Meaden

A successful businesswoman, Deborah Meaden built a fortune as the director of Weststar Holidays, but is well known to the British public for her appearances on BBC2's Dragons' Den.

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