Peaks and troughs at Mountain Warehouse

Money FT, My First Million. Mark Neale founder of Mountain Warehouse. Credit: David Parry/ FT
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Retailer close to £90m turnover, says founder Mark Neale

Derek Coates

Healthy profits from a career switch

Derek Coates made his first million in marketing

Peter Usborne, publisher, photographed for FT Money.
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Work is child’s play for book publisher

Peter Usborne regards his job as an extension of fatherhood

FT Business Life | Rob Law Trunki founder and CEO Rob Law, photographed at his offices in Bristol Pic Gareth Iwan Jones +44 07500829003 14th January 2014
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Travels with Trunki

Children’s luggage designer Rob Law

Lucinda Riley
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Happy endings after drama and crisis

Novelist Lucinda Riley did not expect to achieve success

The Cambridge Satchel Company store launch

Where success is in the bag

Julie Deane on the growth of Cambridge Satchel

William Chase
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Back from bankruptcy thanks to crisps

Potato farmer William Chase’s crop rotation

Judith Keppel photographed at her west London home. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL JONES 2013 07815 853503
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A question that changed my life

The first winner of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Alistair McCallum-Toppin of AMT coffee.
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Brewing up a healthy fortune

Family feuds have not stopped AMT’s rise

Shaun Pulfrey of tangle teezer.Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer. For my First Million.
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Hairdresser’s brush with success

Shaun Pulfrey made a fortune from a simple idea

From Kangaroo Alley to the world

A military background gave Mike Gooley the skills to run a business

A switch in time made my fortune

A simple invention in the 1970s put John Taylor on the road to millions

Rise and fall of a rough diamond

Gerald Ratner hit rock bottom before reinventing himself

I won’t take no for an answer

Belief and hard work are key, says new Dragon Piers Linney

A heady brew of beer and politics

Lord Bilimoria took a year to perfect Cobra beer, his curry accompaniment

Clubcard founder’s points to success

Edwina Dunn’s strategy was born out of necessity

An entrepreneur by design

Dragons’ Den’s new recruit Kelly Hoppen went into business at 16

Seeking fast-paced returns

England bowler Steven Finn has a taste for property

Sleepless nights from my baby business

Laura Tenison’s growth pains at JoJo Maman Bébé

The ‘50/50 man’ going strong at 87

Cars and property amassed a fortune for Jack Petchey


We interview people who have made a million pounds or are well on their way towards making a million and ask them how they have made it to where they are today. From the first jobs they did to the most expensive item they have ever bought we ask the questions you want to know the answers to.