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Top 100: 07. Dilip Patel

Managing director, Inditex UK & RoI

With an enviable slice of some of the high street’s biggest names on the Inditex roster, including Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka, Dilip Patel spearheads the UK operation of the world’s second-biggest clothing retailer by sales and a UK retail empire only second in number of fascias to Sir Phillip Green’s. In Zara, Patel oversees arguably retail’s fastest-reacting name as new trends drop in store quicker than you can say “a 32% increase in first-half net profit compared with 2011”. This is no mean feat in a fiercely competitive market and Patel delivers season after season.

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