The increasing number of businesswomen has enabled significant business, financial and social growth across the globe. Women-owned businesses are not only bringing demographic shifts and creating employment opportunities but also inspiring other women. Today, the world is recognizing women and their potential to reach new heights in a new way. From manufacturing dishwashers to designing space station batteries, female entrepreneurs are proving themselves in every industry. Moreover, in the last few years, several women have successfully built their empires and made it onto international rich lists. With the mission to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship every day, today we will discuss the Richest Female Entrepreneurs in the UK.
Denise Coates is popularly known as the “quiet queen of online betting”. The businesswoman runs the world’s biggest online gambling platform, Bet365. Denise is the UK’s most successful business leader and also Britain’s highest-paid boss. Moreover, with a net worth of £3.67B, Denise is the richest female entrepreneur in the UK.
Before starting her venture, the entrepreneur was an accountant at a local firm. Subsequently, in 1995, she became the Managing Director and owner of a small chain of stores in Britain. In the year 2000, Denise bought the domain name Bet365.com. She introduced the betting platform in 2001 as a gambling website that lets users bid on sporting events and games. The business now earns a revenue of around £2B per year.
Dame Mary Perkins
Dame Mary Lesley Perkins is the co-founder of the famous British international optical business, Specsavers. More precisely, Specsavers mainly operates in Ireland, Australasia, the UK and Nordic countries. It offers optician and optometry services for examining eyes and also sells contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids and sunglasses.
The entrepreneur passionately participates in several national and regional charities for the betterment of society. Moreover, in 2007, the businesswoman was appointed as a DME for her valuable services and contribution to the nation.
With a net worth of £1.45B, Mary is one of the most successful and richest female entrepreneurs in the UK. Additionally, the National Business Awards have honoured the tycoon with the most outstanding Woman in Business Award. In 2017, she won the EY Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Dame Ann Gloag
Dame Ann Heron Gloag is an entrepreneur, social activist and philanthropist and co-founder of Stagecoach Group. More precisely, Stagecoach Group is one of the largest public transport groups in the UK. In 1980, the entrepreneur established the Stagecoach Group with the help of her brother, first husband and father’s funds. National Express Group Plc bought Stagecoach Group Plc for £475, amalgamating the UK’s leading transport companies in 2021.
In 2013, Ann purchased Manston Airport, popularly known as Kent International Airport. Moreover, the businesswoman was appointed as a DME in the 2019 New Year Honours list. Moreover, Ann was previously honoured with an OBE in 2004. The net worth of Dame Ann Gloag is £730M.
Anne Boden created history by becoming the first woman to establish a UK bank. Interestingly, in 2014, Anne built Britain’s first digital bank, Starling. Before founding Starling, she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Allied Irish Banks, and ABN AMRO. After dedicating almost 30 years to some of the world’s biggest financial institutions, the magnate entered the business world.
The net worth of Anne Boden is £125m. Moreover, she is an adviser to the UK’s Board of Trade and a member of the board of UK Finance. In 2018, Anne received an MBE for her contribution and services to financial technology. With the continuous efforts of the entrepreneur, Starling has become a British “unicorn” in the fintech sector. Moreover, the business has earned a revenue of £188m in 2021. Additionally, the bank is valued at £2.5b, becoming one of the most successful businesses in the UK.
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Jacqueline Summers Gold is a British entrepreneur and Executive Chairman at Anns Summer, Gold Group International and Knickerbox. In 1981, Jacqueline introduced the Ann Summers Party Plan, a house party where women could meet and talk about sex. Initially, a lot of people opposed her idea but later hundreds of women interestingly joined such parties.
In 1987, Jacqueline became the CEO of Ann Summers, revolutionizing it into a multi-million-pound company. Today, the company has over 13000 female party ambassadors and 140 stores in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland. Moreover, Ann Summers is now a leading lingerie-selling brand in the retail industry. In 2021, the annual revenue of the company was £113.8m.
Apart from being a businesswoman, Gold is also a columnist for New Business, Retail Week, Women Mean Business, and Kent Business. The net worth of Jacqueline Gold is £782.5m.
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