The Triumph motorcycle was cool before, and it’s even cooler now. Once ridden by film stars such as Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando, the bike was recently given a colourful makeover by the fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. Triumph’s parent is Bloor Holdings, owned and run by John Bloor, a miner’s son from Derbyshire who left school at 15 to train as a plasterer. Bloor, worth £525m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List, rescued Triumph from the liquidators in 1983, merging it into his Midlands-based building firm, Bloor Homes. Group sales reached £546m in 2005.
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