Published On: Mon, Jan 18th, 2016

Martin Sorrell and James Dyson top list of UK’s most impressive businessmen

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Sir Martin Sorrell, head of the advertising and marketing services group WPP, and the inventor James Dyson have been jointly named  “most impressive business person of the year” by their peers.

According to the “Captains of Industry” report by Ipsos Mori both candidates had the backing of 14 per cent of more than 100 senior leaders of the UK’s top 500 companies.

Previous winners of the title of recent years include Sir Richard Branson, Justin King, and Sir Terry Leahy.

No woman has won the title since the first “Captains of Industry” report in 1981.

Sir Martin Sorrell joined WPP in 1986 as a director, becoming group CEO in the same year and transforming a business which had previously specialised in making shopping baskets.It is now the world’s leading communications and advertising company,  with annual revenues of £11.5 billion in the year to December 2014.

British inventor and founder of the Dyson Company, James Dyson, is known for inventing the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner.  Sir James is the 10th richest person in the UK with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $4.7 billion.

Ben Page, chief executive of UK research company Ipsos MORI, said: “Being chosen by their peers for what they have achieved is no small compliment. Our annual poll of Britain’s business leaders shows that John Lewis remains the UK’s most admired business by its peers, but we have two new business leaders tied as the most impressive, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP and Sir James Dyson, the eponymous inventor, both new entrants.”

The same survey saw John Lewis hold on to its title as the company most admired by senior business figures (14 per cent), ahead of Jaguar and British Airways who both received 10 per cent of the vote.


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