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47 Andy Rubin

Group chief executive, Pentland Group    

Andy Rubin presides over a company that everyone wants to work for. From lunchtime netball matches to evening swims, it’s no wonder staff at Pentland Group love going to work. And the ethos pays off. Sales at the company behind brands including Speedo and Berghaus climbed 14.5% in 2010 to £1.21bn, while operating profit soared 38.5% to £110m. Among the highlights was a tripling of sales for the Boxfresh brand. Pentland’s 57% holding in deal-hungry JD Sports Fashion has also paid off, after the group posted a 2.6% rise in pre-tax profits for the first half. Rubin’s political influence was demonstrated when he was asked to join 24 other top UK chief executives on David Cameron’s trade delegation to Russia.

Most likely to… Set up a Dragons’ Den-style event for his brands to battle it out for additional investment.

Last year’s position 52

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