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Ena Baxter (AKA “The Queen of Soup”, 1925 – 2015)

Described as being “born to make soup”, Ena Baxter was anything but a “sweet old dear pottering around her kitchen”. This farmer’s daughter turned Baxters of Speyside into a global brand and of his...

George Frost

One of three sons of the late Sir David Frost and his second wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, “rum adventurer” George Frost created his own rum brand, The Duppy Share, after falling in love with...

Yasser Khattak

Former Maidstone Grammar School for Boys pupil turned inventor Yasser Khattak was suspended from school 16 times and taught himself at home. As a teenager, Khattak made £20,000 by selling air fresheners to petrol...

Hilary Newsom Callan

The president of the San Francisco based hospitality group PlumpJack since 2009, Hilary Newsom Callan is married to the director and producer Geoff Callan. She is the sister of the 42nd Mayor of San...

Hart Main

Having started a candle business from his family’s kitchen at the tender age of 13 in 2010, enterprising Marysville, Ohio based Hart Main had donated over 80,000 meals for the homeless by March 2015....

Russ Weiner

The son of “banned from Britain hatemonger” Michael Savage, Russ Weiner is the creator of the Rockstar energy drink. A graduate of San Diego State University, this businessman was listed as being worth $2.5...

Doreen Lofthouse OBE MBE (AKA “Mrs Fisherman’s Friend”)

Credited with taking Fisherman’s Friend global, Fleetwood based Doreen Lofthouse is modest, decent and unpretentious. Having married Tony, the great grandson of the company’s founder, Mrs Lofthouse secured international distribution for their lozenges and...

Baroness Greenfield CBE

Crossbench peer Susan Greenfield is a scientist, writer and broadcaster who is credited with having “made science sexy”. The director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain between 1998 and 2010, Baroness Greenfield was born...

Carter Cleveland

The founder of the Artsy describes his website as “where art meets science” and has some 5,000 followers on Twitter. Princeton educated Carter Cleveland’s impressive roster of backers number Jack Dorsey, Larry Gagosian, Wendi...

Marissa Mayer

With some 725,000 followers on Twitter, Wisconsin born Marissa Mayer is a popular and powerful lady. Formerly the key spokesperson for Google, San Francisco based Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012 and...

Brian Chesky

The co-founder and CEO of “hospitality exchange” Airbnb grew up in Niskayuna, New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Brian Chesky jointly set up his business in 2008 in San Francisco...

Dr William Shockley (1910 – 1989)

Considered by some a racist, “The father of Silicon Valley” was an American born in London who won the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Stanford professor William Shockley’s attempts to comercialise his transistor design...

Evan Spiegel

This Stanford graduate supposedly turned down an offer of $3 billion for his “wildly popular” Snapchat app in November 2013 despite his operation having no revenue. A Pacific Palisades resident, Spiegel serves on President...

Carlo Mondavi

Educated at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Milan, this scion of the Mondavi wine making dynasty married his wife Megan on the Nippozano Estate in Tuscany. Naturally, after proposing at the...

Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud

This grandson of the brother of the Saudi Arabian ruler was the Head of User Operations for Facebook Arab until August 2011 and once stated: “Facebook is the reason I'm not going for an...

Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976)

The inventor of the Catseye road stud never married and was an eccentric Yorkshireman who kept four televisions running constantly so as not to miss anything. Shaw had two Rolls-Royces on the basis that...

Laurence Benson

Laurence Benson is an international jetsetting businessman who is based in Belgravia, Florida and the Seychelles. The son of a renowned cricketer and umpire, Benson claims to “fear a 9 to 5 office job”...

Sara Blakely

The youngest woman to have become a self-made billionaire ever. A former comedian and door-to-door fax machine saleswoman, Blakely founded the privately held Spanx undergarment business at the age of 27. Sales took off...

Dr Alexander Moulton CBE (1920 – 2012)

This genius of British design was told by leading bicycle manufacturer Raleigh that his lightweight, small-wheeled bicycle wouldn’t sell in the early 1960s. He proved them utterly wrong and his work with Sir Alexander...

Joanne Moore

Here is an amazing lady who is responsible for more gins than you could possibly imagine. Britain’s only female master distiller combines herbs and spices and most importantly juniper to create gins such as...

Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Writer, reality star and entrepreneur who is a member of one of Italy’s best known families. He’s a graduate of Fordham University and though perhaps best known for his part in The Bachelor reality...

Nicko Williamson

Bristol educated Nicko Williamson is an entrepreneur who launched Climatecars at the age of 23. His grandfather won the Isle of Man TT in 1908 and his fleet of Toyota Prius taxis are now...

Henrik Fisker

Danish creator of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, Shelby GR1 concept and BMW Z8 Roadster. His latest visionary output is the Fisker Karma, an eco friendly luxury sedan that is simply...

Edward Rigg

This former filmmaker came up with his own cloudy apple juice. Cheltenham College educated, Edward Rigg has since expanded into a whole range of juices under the brand name Eager and once even also tried...