Stephanie Shirley - known to friends and colleagues as Steve - arrived in Britain as a child refugee.
She started her business career with £6, which built to a fortune of £150m. She then proceeded to give a lot of it away.
Speaking to the Today programme, she explained that she sees a link between success and failure.
"People remember entrepreneurs because of our successes but... it depends far more on how we deal with failures," she said.
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