7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs List

Among the Top 100 most influential entrepreneurs on social media in the UK are seven outstanding British Asians. DESIblitz brings you the full list.

7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs List

Young business minds from the British Asian community making all the right noises on social media.

Seven British Asians are among the Top 100 most influential entrepreneurs on social media.

These include familiar names, such as James Caan (former investor on BBC’s reality show Dragon’s Den) and Lord Karan Bilimoria (co-founder of Cobra Beer).

Refreshingly, young British Asian entrepreneurs are also recognised for their contribution: Darshan Sanghrajka, Neha Manaktala, Rajeeb Dey, Rishi Chowdhury and Tushar Agarwal.

Darshan, a graduate of University of St. Andrews, is the founder of Super Being Labs which offers business solutions by combining creativity with technology.

7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs ListAs the only British Asian woman on the list, Neha specialises in finance and started her own company called DealIndex in 2014.

The 29-year-old Rajeeb enjoys an impressive profile, having been named the world’s youngest Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012.

The co-founder of StartUp Britain, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, is also the CEO of Enternships.com – a ‘portal for work placements and jobs in leading start-ups and dynamic businesses across Europe’.


Rishi from Twickenham is the founder of IncuBus Ventures, based in Camden, to help accelerate young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 25.

Former investment banking analyst Tushar is now the CEO of Hubble, ‘an online marketplace for renting office space’.

He says:

“I listen to a lot of rap music, so I get a lot of inspiration from that.

“I’d have to quote Notorious B.I.G. from one of his most famous interviews: ‘keep learning, keep hustling and treat every day as if it’s your first day as an intern’.”

7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs ListThis list is compiled by Rise, an online scorekeeping website, by measuring the Klout scores –‘social media activity and engagement’ – of business founders in the UK.

While Virgin’s Richard Branson may be at the top now, this list changes every fortnight so it will be interesting to see how quickly power shifts in the online space.

7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs List

Here is the full list of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the UK:

  1. Richard Branson
  2. Victoria Beckham
  3. Lord Sugar
  4. Duncan Bannatyne
  5. Justin Matthew
  6. Theo Paphitis
  7. Peter Jones
  8. Deborah Meaden
  9. Pete Cashmore
  10. James Caan
  11. Jamal Edwards
  12. Brent Hoberman
  13. Mary Portas
  14. Martha Lane Fox
  15. Saul Klien
  16. Jacqueline Gold
  17. Michelle Mone OBE
  18. Michael Acton Smith
  19. Emma Sinclair
  20. Richard Carman
  21. Sherry Coutu
  22. Lord Ashcroft
  23. Michael Birch
  24. Sue Black
  25. Andrew J Scott
  26. Oli Barrett
  27. Mike Turner
  28. Robert Craven
  29. Shaa Wasmund MBE
  30. Kanya King MBE
  31. Sarah Willingham
  32. Duena Bomstrom
  33. James Watt
  34. Matt Hodkinson
  35. Elizabeth Varley
  36. Tim Fuell
  37. Charlie Mullins OBE
  38. Steve Karmeinsky
  39. Josef Dunne
  40. Rishi Chowdhury
  41. Duane Jackson
  42. Andy McLoughlin
  43. Tom Ball
  44. Nicolas Babin
  45. Hilary Devey CBE
  46. Kathryn Parsons
  47. Michael Hayman
  48. Rajeeb Dey
  49. John Caudwell
  50. Benjamin Southworth
  51. Julia Hobsbawm
  52. Richard Reed
  53. Elliot Ross
  54. Tom Bloxham
  55. Amber Atherton
  56. Pasa Mustafa
  57. Justin Pollard
  58. Scott Taylor
  59. Tink Taylor
  60. Sarah Wood
  61. Michael Litman
  62. Pier Paolo Mucelli
  63. Ollie Forsyth
  64. Luke Johnson
  65. Alex Tew
  66. Peter Lord
  67. Paul Lindley
  68. Will King
  69. Solomon Ian-Sangala
  70. Kirsty Henshaw
  71. Neha Manaktala
  72. Darshan Sanghrajka
  73. Rohan Silva
  74. Simon Devonshire
  75. Deborah Fuhr
  76. Calum Brannan
  77. Wendy White
  78. Laurence Kemball-Cook
  79. James Jameseder
  80. Nick Hungerford
  81. Martin Dickie
  82. Tamara Littleton
  83. Duncan Cheatle
  84. David Richards
  85. Julien Callede
  86. Mayel De Borniol
  87. Lex Deak
  88. Touker Suleyman
  89. Alicia Navarro
  90. John Vincent
  91. Fraser Doherty
  92. Mark Pearson
  93. Aidan Fitzpatrick
  94. Chantal Coady
  95. Lord Karan Bilimoria
  96. Richard Moross
  97. Neil Westwood
  98. Tushar Agarwal
  99. Rowan Gormley
  100. John Mitchinson

7 Asians on the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs ListIt is encouraging to see established entrepreneurs as well as young business minds from the British Asian community making all the right noises on social media.

In our world today, harnessing the right kind of influence on these platforms can go a very long way in growing a company and making a real difference.

Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

Images courtesy of James Caan official website, Ernst & Young and Forbes