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Sir Philip Green

Born in Croydon, South London in 1952, Sir Philip Green is a self-made billionaire…

Leaving boarding school at 15, he was out working by 16, and by 23 had set up his first fashion business, importing jeans from the Far East, with a £20,000 loan.

He made his first million by cleverly buying, turning around and finally selling a failing retailer called “Jean Jeanie”.

Sir Philip Green’s big break came with the turnaround of Bhs, which he bought for a mere £200m (after his first failed bid for Marks & Spencer). He quickly increased profits three-fold.

He went on to buy the Arcadia Group, which owns Topshop, Wallis and Miss Selfridge, in 2002 and then came back for another go at M&S, which also failed in 2004.

The high street fashion tycoon is as well known for his affluent lifestyle as he is for his business acquisitions - a £7m yacht, £5m birthday party and a present from his wife of a solid gold Monopoly set, to name a few of his extravagances.

Of late he has become something of a celebrity thanks in part to a friendship and business arrangement he has struck up with supermodel Kate Moss, who designs a range for his Topshop chain.

He’s also been spotted holidaying with both Sylvester Stallone and Simon Cowell.

Sir Philip Green’s assets are the second largest in the UK clothing retail market, just falling behind Marks & Spencer.

With 2,300 shops in the UK, he is one of Britain’s richest men.


1988 -Becomes chairman and chief executive of menswear company Amber Day
1992 – Ousted from Amber Day
Early 1990’s – bought department store chain Owen Owen
1995 – Linked with Tom Hunter to buy sportswear retailer Olympus
1999 – Failed hostile bid for M&S
Acquisition of Sears retail chain
2000 – Buys Bhs
2002 – Purchased the Arcadia Group
2004 – Failed bid for M&S

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