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Female Entrepreneur Focus: Karren Brady

You probably recognise Karren Brady from the BBC’s popular series The Apprentice.

Starting her career in advertising at the tender age of 18, she first worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and then Sport Newspapers Ltd where she became Director within a year.  In 1993, aged 23 she bought and became the Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club, launching the Club on the Stock market in 1997 – becoming in the process the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.  Despite undergoing an operation for a brain aneurysm in 2006, Brady went from strength to strength in the business world; and when she sold her business in 2009, it was valued at over £82million.

From then on, her list of credentials is so numerous, it almost becomes tedious!  In January 2010 she was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC, generating a trading profit for the first time in several years.  In addition she has been on the Boards of various companies and enterprises such as Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Arcadia.

She has been the subject of a BBC 1 Inside Story documentary; participated in the aforementioned The Apprentice; featured on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs; presented shows on ITV; written four books; worked as a columnist at The Sun newspaper and Women & Home magazine; launched her own magazine Today’s Business Woman; and won numerous awards.  She also works as Ambassador for various charities.

Karren Brady is now estimated to be worth £82 million ($131 million).  In her latest book, Strong Woman: Ambition, Grit and a Great Pair of Heels, she admits she only took three days off after the birth of her first child, and that it was wrong of her to prioritise her career over her family.  She stresses that women should not succumb to pressures of “having it all” as she has done in the past.  Off To See My Lawyer quite agree, but at the same time we cannot help but admire what she has achieved!

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