Enterprise is key to any economy, so inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With this in mind, here’s our list of the people we think will have the most impact on inspiring the next generation and whose influence has been most felt by the people of Wales.
No. 1 Sir Terry Mathews
Originating from Newport in South wales, Mathews founded his first enterprise in 1972 and has gone on to become the first Welsh billionaire. In recent years he has shifted his focus into the investment of new and innovative technologies with the formation of the Wesley Clover investment group and has shown his philanthropic characteristics by co-founding the Alacrity Foundation, a non-profit focusing on the incubation of young entrepreneurs.
No.2 Haley Parsons
An inspiration to many female entrepreneurs, the 45-year-old built her net worth to over £120 million with her most notable venture being Gocompare.com. In recent years, Haley has partnered with the Welsh government in order to advise them on the promotion and development of entrepreneurship in Wales. She is also a key figure in the #BeTheSpark movement, another of the many actions she’s taking to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
No.3 Peter Saunders
Peter is best known for Halo Foods, however he also has a portfolio of business in wales and is the founder of the Peter Saunders Trust. The trust, which he founded shortly after the sale of Halo Foods in 2004, concentrates on supporting local communities. Philanthropy forms a large portion of his character and there is no doubt he is a huge inspiration to budding entrepreneurs.
No.4 Martin Morgan
A true Swansea Jack, Morgan went from a young fan spending his weekends working in the market, to becoming the majority shareholder at his childhood club. After starting out in the travel industry, his empire now contains business from a wide variety of industry’s from manufacturing to hotels.
No.5 Sir Chris Evans
The no.5 entrepreneur on our list is widely regarded to be Europe’s largest ever contributor to biotechnology. Founding over 50 successful science companies is no small feat and makes it difficult to quantify the true scale of his impact. Sir Chris Evans grew up in Port Talbot and now has over 3500 employees. His story is one that shows the true power of innovation coupled with a business mindset.