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Famous Entrepreneurs & entrepreneur interviews

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has just been ranked the UK’s top entrepreneur

“I want to be more famous than Persil,” Victoria Beckham declared at the beginning of her career.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss: A good leader knows they’re not always right

The former England cricket captain tells us what he’s learnt about being in charge

Dave Fishwick

Bank of Dave is coming to a high street near you. Would you bank there?

We talk to founder and TV star Dave Fishwick about the new bank that half the country want to switch to

Prof Brian Cox

Prof Brian Cox: This is how we inspire kids to get into science and tech

The scientist and TV personality discusses the problem with getting kids interested in STEM careers

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria: "This government has got immigration absolutely wrong"

The effervescent chairman and founder of Cobra Beer speaks out

Ed Wray

Betfair co-founder Ed Wray on the future of business in Britain

His company turns over £387m and has almost one million customers. What does he forecast for yours?

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett shares his top 5 rules for real estate investments

Fortune Magazine has published an excerpt from Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders’ letter. In it, Buffet reflects on real estate purchases he made and the lessons they offer investors.

Sarosh Zaiwalla

He fired Tony Blair & saved the Tchenguiz brothers from jail. Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla

His clients include everyone from Saddam Hussein to the Gandhis…

Dave Goldberg CEO SurveyMonkey

How a phone call from George Osborne brought $1.35bn SurveyMonkey to London

CEO Dave Goldberg on why he’s coming to the capital

Brett Akker

Q&A: Brett Akker sold Streetcar for $50m. Can he do it again with LoveSpace?

The entrepreneur hopes to disrupt the £355m storage market

Valerie Soranno Keating

Q&A: Barclaycard CEO Valerie Soranno Keating on the future of money

She tells us about the rapid technological changes in the payment industry

Metro Bank Main

Metro Bank boss: British banks are an outdated cartel - we’ll be a £50bn player by 2020

Chairman Vernon Hill on his plans for London domination, and getting 200,000 customers in three years

Edwina Dunn, founder, Dunnhumby

Meet the Clubcard pioneers who sold their company to Tesco for £93m

Edwina Dunn, co-founder of Dunnhumby, on what she did next

John Timpson, chairman, Timpson

Why John Timpson thinks floating his £134m business is a “stupid idea”

Why the 148-year old chain will always be family-owned

Anthony Armstrong Emery

He owns a £150m property empire and two football clubs. Do you know Anthony Armstrong Emery?

How this Englishman made a killing in Brazil’s social housing sector

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BullionVault’s Paul Tustain on turning over £500m with only 35 staff

The story behind the world’s largest online bullion market

Piers Linney

Meet Piers Linney, the new Dragon with plans to build a £500m business

The tech star behind cloud firm Outsourcery, who’s won investment from George Soros

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Lynne Franks: PR legend turned female empowerment pro

Franks may have inspired Absolutely Fabulous but she just can’t get enough of MP Margaret Hodge

Surinder Arora, founder, Arora Hotels

Meet Surinder Arora, the £356m London hotelier you’ve never heard of

He owns 16 hotels, a golf course and a private airfield. What’s he going to buy next?

Alki David

He's worth £1.5bn and will pay you to streak in front of Nick Clegg. Who is Alki David?

The eccentric entrepreneur tells us it’s “really easy making money”

Pippa Middleton turns entrepreneur

Party queen Pippa Middleton becomes entrepreneur  

Kate Middleton’s younger sister Pippa may be best known for her perked Pilates derrière and her night club antics, but the 29-year-old has now appointed herself the director of a new company.

Tom Gearing Apprentice star 2012

The Apprentice 2012 runner-up Tom Gearing is winning big with wine

Turnover is up 62% since Lord Sugar shunned the best dressed man on television

Amit Bhatia

Amit Bhatia is Lakshmi Mittal’s son-in-law and QPR co-owner. Is there more to him?

The 33-year-old on his investment in Dropbox, cement and of course football

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf

Q&A: London’s cupcake king - Hummingbird Bakery's Tarek Malouf

Hummingbird Bakery founder talks selling a million cupcakes and making his London shop global

Charlie Shrem

How 23-year-old Charlie Shrem became a millionaire through Bitcoin

The founder of BitInstant, one of the first Bitcoin spin-offs, shares his insights into the complex currency that could change everything

Jamal Edwards with Richard Branson

Richard Branson tells us what he thinks Britain needs NOW

Branson on why his teenage self would lose out at an Angel pitch and why we all need better transport

Shaun Pulfrey, inventor, Tangle Teezer

From Kate Middleton to Rihanna, how London's Tangle Teezer wooed the world

Founder Shaun Pulfrey on defying the Dragons, exporting to 65 countries and his £100m hopes

Renée Elliot of Planet Organic

Q&A: Why Prince Charles and Madonna love the £15m Planet Organic

Founder Renée Elliott on building Britain’s largest organic supermarket

Josephine Fairley, co-founder of Green & Blacks

Q&A: Green & Black's co-founder Jo Fairley

The chocolate queen on selling to Cadbury for £20m and leading the Fairtrade revolution

Richard Dinan

Meet Richard Dinan, Made in Chelsea’s very own Richard BransonVideo

The 26-year-old entrepreneur talks discounts, bracelets and making millions

Trafalgar Square

Meet the eccentric behind multi-billion-dollar e-commerce giant Allied Wallet

Andy Khawaja’s company grew by 6,000% last year and is now in London

Travelodge CEO Grant Hearn

Travelodge CEO Grant Hearn on how he built London's biggest hotel chain

The hotel boss talks London hotspots, handling the recession and visa rules

Keith Lovell, CFO, Shazam

Can Shazam be UK’s first billion-dollar tech company?

CFO Keith Lovell on the tech superstar’s future and IPO

Kelly Hoppen, the new arrival on Dragons' Den and famous interior designer

Who is Kelly Hoppen, the new Dragons’ Den investor?

The celebrity designer takes her seat in the Den after Theo and Hillary left

Johnnie Mountain

From Tony Blair to Nick Robinson, why Londoners love Johnnie Mountain's crackling restaurant

ArtMan Kevin Wilson enters the world of celebrity chefs and interviews the next big star

Jamie Laing at the Candy Kittens launch party

Made in Chelsea's playboy entrepreneur on fame, sexy sweets and Boris JohnsonVideo

Can 23-year-old Jamie Laing be the Hugh Hefner of the sweet world?

Amber Atherton

Meet the 21-year-old Made in Chelsea star, worth $5m and loved by Kate Middleton

Cheryl Cole and Rihanna love her cult online jewellery boutique, My Flash Trash too. Who is Amber Atherton?

Jon Moulton weighs in on Europe

Interview: Better Capital chief Jon Moulton talks Brexit

Veteran venture capitalist and outspoken EU critic Jon Moulton weighs in on why Branson is wrong and why British business would fare better out of Europe

Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First

The interview: Meet the influential boss of London's leading business lobby

London First supremo Jo Valentine has the ear of everyone who matters. And we mean everyone

The Shard

Is it worth paying £24.95 to get a view from The Shard?Video

Anders Nyberg, CEO, The View from The Shard on why you should pay to get your head in the clouds

warren smith

Extreme ski coach to the stars’ race to the top Video

How a boy from a Hemel Hempstead council estate went on to be the king of Verbier high-living

Rodial index

Maria Hatzistefanis: Beauty shaman to the stars 

Meet the entrepreneur giving the Hollywood elite snake venom, “dragon’s blood” and stem cells

gerard burke

What do growth consultants teach? The UK's top guy tells us

Business growth guru Gerard Burke talks to us about his cherished tips for quick success

Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon

9 awesome business lessons from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

The living tech legend has created the world’s largest online retailer. How did he do it?

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Has Branson got his mojo back?

Don’t let the lull and permatan fool you, the bearded one is back with a vengeance

Boris Ivanovic of Hyperoptic

100x faster broadband? Sweet mercy! It's here!

Exclusive: We talk to Europe’s leading broadband entrepreneur about how he’s offering outrageous speeds

style passport

Style-passport, your all-access invite to global travel

Forget travel insurance, with London delivery in 90 minutes, style-passport prepares you for every eventuality

Andrew Dunn

"Nothing's impossible in life, my idea is to be the best" - Andrew Dunn

Luxury travel firm Scott Dunn founder has taken his company from nothing, to a £31m turnover - now he plans to crack China

Will King, founder, King of Shaves

Cut-throat! Will King on the war for supremacy in the shaving worldVideo

Master exporting, master the market, says the blades ‘n oil tycoon

Caprice

Caprice: “People try to screw me over every day”

Caprice talks frankly about cashflow, scaling her business, and, er, Jacqueline Gold’s dildos

Rahul 'Richie' Nanda, the security entrepreneur valued at £168m in the Sunday Times Rich List

Meet the security tycoon valued at £168m by the Sunday Times Rich List

He might have a Bentley parked in his garage but will this Asian highflier beat G4S in the UK?

Luke Johnson with his vast library of business books

Luke Johnson: "Holidaying abroad is hurting our trade deficit"

We meet the ever-outspoken former Channel 4 chairman, investor and restaurateur

Ratheesan Yoganathan, co-founder, Lebara

The £500m-turnover London telecom business you’ve never heard of

Ratheesan Yoganathan is the CEO of Lebara, the sim card business aiming for 1 billion customers by 2020

Sherry Coutu appearing at LeWeb 2011

Sherry Coutu: "Solving problems with technology is a beautiful thing"

One of London’s superstar tech investors on how she picks her investments and what tech trends are taking hold

Julie Meyer

Riding the entrepreneur train with Julie Meyer, founder of Ariadne Capital

The chief executive of Ariadne Capital has just published her first book, Welcome to Entrepreneur Country. In our exclusive interview she talks frankly about why big state politics is bad, First Tuesday was a “mistake” and how to take on the corporates

Errol Damelin, founder of Wonga and Wonga for Business

Can Wonga become Facebook for finance? Interview with Errol Damelin

It is the British business sensation that last year grew faster than any other UK tech company, to £74m turnover. How does founder Errol Damelin do it?

Rupert Murdoch

James Max: We should celebrate, not castigate, Rupert Murdoch

Why does LBC Radio presenter James Max think we should stand to Murdoch’s defence?

Mysupermarket allows shoppers to always get the cheapest basket of goods

Mysupermarket.co.uk: the UK's next superstar tech giant?

CEO Allon Bloch on winning $32m investment and hitting three million monthly visitors

Badoo: Can the world's fourth-largest social network break Britain?

Badoo: Can the world's fourth-largest social network break Britain?

It’s already got a reputation as the “social network for sex”. CMO Jessica Powell reveals the truth behind the rumours

Simon Crookall and Michael Pennington founded Gumtree.com in 2000

The Interview: The mysterious founders of Gumtree.com

The low profile founders of one of the dotcom era’s greatest successes give us a rare interview

Stephen Fear began his career in a telephone box

Stephen Fear runs more than 70 firms. Now he wants to talk to you

The new British Library entrepreneur-in-residence is a fascinating character, discovers Charles Orton-Jones

Michelle Mone

The Interview: Michelle Mone on small business, politics and the nightclub in her house

The lingerie tycoon behind Ultimo and MJM talks to us exclusively about her new campaign with the Mirror to help small businesses

Tom Pellereau and Lord Sugar launching the Stylfile collection

2011's The Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau: "Lord Sugar shouts at me all the time"Video

Despite losing almost every task, last year Lord Sugar chose Tom Pellereau to be The Apprentice. So how have they got on?

London's top ten richest newcomers

London's top ten richest newcomers

These 10 millionaires and billionaires recently entered the The Sunday Times Richlist for Greater London. Isn’t it time you welcomed your neighbours?

Mike Soutar

The interview: Mike Soutar, founder of Shortlist Media

His Stylist and Shortlist magazines generate a turnover of £11m. He secured £4m investment in one month. Who is Mike Soutar?

The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell

"Entrepreneurs must help themselves" - Apprentice winner Tim Campbell awarded MBE

Alan Sugar’s protégé announces having received an MBE for services to enterprise at Buckingham Palace

Karl Gregory, MD of Match.com UK

Million pound cupid: We meet Match.com's Karl GregoryVideo

How is he so good at this crazy little thing called love?