The January issue of Management today publishes the results of their 6th annual ranking of Britain's Top 100 Entrepreneurs. Compiled by Philip Beresford, the man behind the Sunday Times Rich List (and a former MT editor), the list celebrates the visionary leaders who have beaten the odds to build world-class companies, creating jobs and wealth for Britain in the process.
The UK's finest entrepreneurs have been classified according to three criteria: their personal asset wealth; their percentage turnover growth in the last five years, and their percentage headcount growth during the same period (plus a series of tests to ensure a good geographic spread, gender split and so on).
This year's roll of honour is headed by Dr Mike Lynch, the boss of Cambridge-based software group Autonomy, who along with many of the Top 100 managed to boost profits this year despite the deteriorating economic conditions. Overall, the Top 100 have seen their average turnover almost triple to £19.1m, while their total headcount has increased to nearly 90,000 during the same period - encouraging figures as the UK looks to pull itself out of recession. Elsewhere, industrial firms are also strongly represented, accounting for 40 of the top 100 - hi-tech manufacturing continues to be an area in which Britain excels. And the number of Asian entrepreneurs is also up again.
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