Linda Bennett, 51, started with a single shoe shop in Wimbledon in 1990. Today the company has 141 stores and concessions worldwide and loyal fans that include the Duchess of Cambridge. New store openings in America, Europe and the Middle East boosted international sales to £27.4m in 2013. Phoenix Equity Partners and Sirius Equity backed a £100m buyout in 2008. Sirius co-founder Robert Bensoussan, 56, is chairman and also took over as chief executive in February.
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