Having built a £50m empire from the ground up, Michelle Mone is known as one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. Like all true business greats, she has no plans to slow down either
Michelle Mone is a recognisable figure, not only due to her statuesque presence, but also because for almost two decades she has graced every type of media platform available. As well as making regular appearances in newspapers, magazines and online, Mone is a familiar face on television, featuring in shows such as The Apprentice and The Agenda, alongside UK Prime Minister David Cameron. As testament to her influence and growing status, Mone’s latest television cameos involve a high-profile campaign with Cameron to shrink the gender gap, which follows on from the support she lent to the British Government during the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
Defying conventions and expectations is something that Mone has become adept at during her career, through sheer determination and a remarkable gift for marketing. Despite her prominence in the world of business, as the founder of lingerie company Ultimo, the former model does not only go against the grain in terms of her glamorous appearance; she has also achieved success against the odds from the very start. Growing up in the Glasgow’s East End and leaving school at 15 to help support her family, Mone only had natural talent at her disposal. “It was quite a deprived background, but I was always very ambitious”, she said. “I’ve no idea where I got it from; [I have] a working class background and there are no businesspeople in my family.”