Dame Stephanie Shirley
Dame Stephanie Shirley is a pioneering technology entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. She arrived in Britain as a five-year-old unaccompanied child refugee in 1939. In 1962, Dame Stephanie founded the FI Group, a revolutionary tech company that employed a team of predominantly female freelance software engineers, many of whom were mothers. Dame Stephanie remained the company’s chief executive for 25 years. The business floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, making Dame Stephanie and many of its staff multimillionaires.