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JK Rowling, Alan Sugar top inspiration poll

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling and The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar have been voted as the most inspirational celebrities to encourage Britons to become their own boss.

Nearly one fifth of the 2,000 surveyed Londoners voted for JK Rowling, who beat Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham as the top female celeb; while Lord Sugar gathered one quarter of the votes, beating Simon Cowell, David Beckham and Richard Branson.

Lord Sugar’s nomination as the most inspirational celebrity comes despite most employees saying they wouldn’t want to work for him. Perhaps they want to be him, instead?

“Brits prefer to work for themselves because of the lifestyle it affords them,” comments Andy Turner, co-founder of freelance website, which commissioned the research.

“People want to go to work knowing that they’re in control and have the independence and freedom to make the right decisions.”

Top female celebrities inspiring Brits to become their own boss:

  1. J.K. Rowling
  2. Katie Price
  3. Karren Brady
  4. Cheryl Cole
  5. Oprah Winfrey
  6. Victoria Beckham
  7. Michelle Obama
  8. Denise van Outen
  9. Dannii Minogue
  10. Kylie Minogue

Top male celebrities inspiring Brits to become their own boss:

  1. Alan Sugar
  2. Simon Cowell
  3. Richard Branson
  4. Peter Jones
  5. Jamie Oliver
  6. Bill Gates
  7. Gordon Ramsay
  8. Theo Paphitis
  9. Jonathan Ross
  10. David Beckham

While these surveys are often light-hearted affairs not to be taken too seriously, it’s interesting that the celebrities to top the poll each have a rags-to-riches life story.

Who inspired you to become your own boss? Was it a celebrity, or perhaps was it someone local? Leave your comments below.

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