Britain is a country with a rich entrepreneurial tradition, and is also a country which believes, by and large, that success should come as the result of hard work. It should be no surprise then that each corner of the United Kingdom has produced at least five fine examples of self-made millionaires.
Southern England must be represented by Sir Alan Sugar. Sugar made his fortune in the 1980s with the computer firm Amstrad, and he also spent a large amount of time and money while being the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC. Famous for his TV show 'The Apprentice', he remains one of Britain's most famous business gurus, his thoughts on success are highly valued. However, Sugar himself, in his characteristically brusque manner, would probably insist that there was no such thing as 'millionaire secrets'. When it comes to being successful, it requires merely hard work and lots of it. A successful businessman from northern England is Sir John Hall, a man who, like Alan Sugar, has enjoyed a long association with the football game. Hall, who made his fortune in the construction industry in the 1980s, when his firm built the Metro Centre in Newcastle, is a life president of Newcastle United.
Duncan Bannatyne has become famous in recent years for his appearances on television, particularly the cult hit show 'Dragons' Den', but his tale is one of the great British rags to riches stories. He has written five books detailing some of the secrets of his success. These are: 'Anyone Can Do It', 'Wake Up and Change Your Life', 'How to be Smart With Your Money', 'How to be Smart With Your Time' and '43 Mistakes Businesses Make'.
Sir Terry Matthews is a billionaire Welsh entrepreneur who has maintained deep links with his home country, including being instrumental in bringing golf's 2010 Ryder Cup to Welsh course Celtic Manor. He owns the Celtic Manor Resort, close to Newport in Gwent, and was Wales' first ever billionaire. Matthews gained his success by founding over 80 companies, mainly in the hi-tech communications field.
Hailing from the borderlands of County Fermanagh, one of Northern Ireland's most famous rags to riches stories is that of Sean Quinn. Although his companies have recently fallen into some legal difficulties, he was Ireland's richest man as recently as 2009. With his Gaelic Athletic Association links allowing him to pursue contacts on both sides of the Irish border, he owed his vast fortune to initially selling gravel from his family's farm to building workers, the result of a £100 loan that he took out in 1973. From this small beginning, the company Quinn Cement grew.