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Top 100: 08. Angela Ahrendts

Chief executive, Burberry

As one of only two female chief executives of a FTSE 100 company, Angela Ahrendts is a trailblazer in more ways than one. Despite Burberry’s increase in sales slowing to 8% this year, profits grew 6% to £173m in a period that saw the British label open shiny new flagships in Hong Kong, Milan and Rome. The jewel in the brand’s crown (apart from the gem tones in chief creative officer Christopher Bailey’s collections) is the impressive global flagship on Regent Street, a store that took over as the group’s biggest when it opened in September and which reiterates the dedication to innovation and technology that Ahrendts’ tenure at the top of the 156-year-old fashion house has been characterised by.

Did you know? Ahrendts is the daughter of a former model.

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