Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, is the winner of our poll asking BBC News Online readers to name Britain's best entrepreneur.
Sir Richard was the winner by a wide margin, receiving 57% of nearly 15,000 votes cast.
Richard Branson: Britain's most popular entrepreneur
In second place our readers voted for James Dyson, the inventor of the revolutionary vacuum cleaner, who was the choice of 17% of readers.
In third place was Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of budget airline EasyJet, with just under 10% of the vote.
Like many other entrepreneurs, Richard Branson started out by risking everything for a bright idea, leaving school at 16 to start a magazine and then his first music venture - Virgin Records.
The success of the Mike Oldfield record Tubular Bells and the Sex Pistols turned Virgin Music into big business.
Richard Branson went on to launch the transatlantic airline Virgin Atlantic and later budget airlines in Australia and Europe.
His latest plan is to launch a budget airline in America.
Among his many other ventures, some more successful than others, are mobile phones, trains, personal finance, and clothing.
He is now thought to be worth more than £1bn, although his fortune has fluctuated over the years.
Personally adventurous as well, he has attempted to set records in high-altitude balloon flights and ocean-going speedboats.
And his most high-profile charity work was his nearly-successful bid to turn the National Lottery into a not-for-profit venture.
As part of BBC News Online's series on small business, we asked readers to nominate and then vote on their favourite entrepreneurs.
Here are some of the comments you made about Sir Richard Branson and other prominent British entrepreneurs.
A selection of your comments
James Dyson - inventor of ball barrow, Dyson vacuum and more efficient washing machines. Nuff said.
Alan Sugar's my choice, because of his Amstrad success, first with hi-fi equipment. Then he introduced a word processor and later took on IBM and was amongst the first - or probably the first - to bring out a an IBM-compatible PC and for many years was the No. 1 rival to IBM.
Richard Branson - definitely Britain's best entrepreneur. If he can be successful in the Australian flight industry (and he certainly is), then he must be a genius with will-power. Many before him have tried and failed due to protectionism in the market.
George Cook, Australia
Richard Branson has done a fantastic job building the Virgin empire, but James Dyson gets my vote. He took the huge risk of going it alone to build his product, and shook up the whole industry. For as long as I can remember, every brand of vacuum cleaner has always been called a "Hoover", but a Dyson is always a "Dyson".
Mike Clarke, UK
That Dyson guy who invented the bagless vacuum and two drum washing machine.
Richard Branson has to be the best entrepreneur surely. He has his fingers in so many pies and seems to turn everything he touches into gold, his trains being a notable exception! Midas Branson.
Sir Clive Sinclair, who was responsible for bringing computing to the home. Look at where we are now.
Michael Tott, UK
I vote for Sir Richard Branson, as he has been running a successful and innovative brand now for longer than any of the others. He is a master of generating positive publicity, that enhances his own image as well as that of Virgin Group.
Stephen Forster, UK
Sir Robin Saxby has built ARM up into the UK's only technology company of any real standing globally.
David Thomson, Scotland
Clive Sinclair. Look at the list:
self-assembly LED watch,
oh and the C5 (well 4 out of 5 isn't bad).
USA (UK ex-pat)
I nominate Ug the hairy fellow who discovered that
wheel thing. Failing that, the Persians & Indians
did a lot to advance mathematics.
Remember what even Isaac Newton, not noted for his
humility, once said: "I am here because I stood on
the shoulders of giants".
Although I very much admire Anita Roddick, Richard Branson and Stelios Haji-Ioannou for how they have all revolutionised their respective industries, my vote has to go to James Dyson for his true inventiveness and amazing tenacity.
Richard Branson has got to be this country's business guru, but Stelios Haji-Ioannou is a marketing marvel at work. Who else would wear placards and hand out leaflets during a film at someone else's cinema?
Ben Sheard, UK