I Liked It So Much I Bought The Company

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Peter Wheeler: In 1981 Mr Wheeler was a chemical engineer who owned a TVR, an exclusive high-powered British sports car. That year he became the struggling company's saviour when he bought it. His instincts have been successful and the company is in profit. Sales this year will be 2,000, compared with 170 the year he took over. There is a two-year waiting list for the latest model.

Tony & Ridley Scott: The Geordie directors of Top Gun and Thelma & Louise spent pounds 12m buying Shepperton studios in 1995. Before moving to Hollywood they used Shepperton hundreds of times and Ridley (pictured) made Alien there. They spent pounds 8.5m making it the top post-production facility outside the US. Revenues this year will be about pounds 14m.

Victor Kiam: Recorded the line about liking the Remington shaver so much that he bought the company. It is credited with helping to propel the struggling firm he bought in 1978 to one with half the US market for electric razors in five years. He has an abiding love for gadgets and has bought into a company that makes the world's smallest hair dryer and Ronson, the ailing lighter firm.

Chris Evans: Although he had not been at Virgin Radio for long hemade clear that he was bidding against Capital Radio for his employer because he loves radio and knew Capital would get rid of him.Financially things have not gone so smoothly. The station has lost more than 300,000 listeners in the latest ratings and has steep repayments to make to Evans' backers.