High-profile entrepreneurs thriving, according to Rich List

Year to remember for Green, Branson, Perkins and Dyson

It’s been a year to remember for high-profile British entrepreneurs such as Dame Mary Perkins, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Phillip Green, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2011.

Perkins, who founded eyewear company Specsavers in tandem with her husband Douglas, shot up almost 20 places to 53rd in this year’s list, her valuation passing £1bn for the first time.

But she still has plenty to do to catch up with Green and Branson, who both placed in the top 20 – just as they did in 2010.

Green and his wife were ranked 13th in this year’s overall list, their fortune rising by £95m to £4.2bn thanks to the continuing international expansion of Bhs and Arcadia.

Meanwhile serial entrepreneur Branson came in 19th, his fortune increasing by £485m thanks partly due to the launch of his Virgin Galactic space shuttle venture, and the Virgin Oceanic mini-submarine.

Elsewhere, Sir James Dyson rose to 43rd in the list with a fortune of £530m, predicated on the continued expansion of his vacuum empire, sportswear tycoon Mike Ashley jumped 13 places and £378m, and John Caudwell, the man behind Phones 4U, saw his valuation increase by £100m.



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