Love Island legend joins Beyonce and Rihanna on list of inspirational 'business heroes' | The Sun

Gen Z's most inspirational business heroes are Rihanna, Beyoncé, Marcus Rashford – and Molly-Mae Hague.

A poll of 2,000 young adults found they’re also inspired by the entrepreneurial exploits of David Beckham, Kylie Jenner, Elon Musk, and Ryan Reynolds.

These names held in high esteem because they’re passionate about what they do (28 per cent) have made a lot of money (28 per cent) and have challenged the norm (27 per cent).

While 48 per cent look up to them as they’re ‘more relatable’ to them than traditional business moguls such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

They feel their heroes are relatable because they’re a similar age (36 per cent), are active on social media (44 per cent) and have shared their business journey from the start (42 per cent).

The research was commissioned to celebrate NatWest’s Backing Business campaign alongside ITV and Alison Hammond.

Read More on Molly-Mae

Molly-Mae Hague shows off incredible bedroom fireplace at £3.5m mansion

Molly-Mae Hague shares ‘hardest part’ of pregnancy so far

Andrew Harrison, head of business Banking at NatWest, said: “Our Modern Business Icons list demonstrates the importance of young, relatable role models in influencing and inspiring the young start-up founders and small business owners of the future.

"It’s great to see a generation with a thriving entrepreneurial spirit and I’m excited to see what the young people of today can do, to achieve a better tomorrow."

The survey also found 44 per cent consider themselves entrepreneurial, with more than half (54 per cent) already having run or currently running their own business or side hustle.

Health and beauty, social media, and food and drink are the most popular types of venture among those who have started one.

And a further 64 per cent want to run their own business in the future.

Reasons for wanting to do so include wanting more control over their work/life balance (40 per cent) the cost-of-living crisis (38 per cent) and wanting to make a lot of money (37 per cent).

But the main concerns about starting a company are high start-up costs (46 per cent) lack of business know-how (41 per cent) and worries over the amount of competition (38 per cent).

Most read in Celebrity

price-less gig

Katie Price signs HUGE six figure deal for new reality TV show

'body insulation'

I’ve piled on two and a half stone and I’m miserable, says Kerry Katona


Amanda Holden flashes her legs as she poses on a desk in thigh-high boots


Chilling clues of Aaron Carter's last moments as cops find compressed air cans

If they were to start a business, 31 per cent would look to become an influencer, 26 per cent would try selling items online, and 24 per cent would make extra cash by baking or cooking.

Although 18 per cent of those who would like to run their own venture in future admit they wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to starting a business.

As a result, 73 per cent would like to see this topic taught as a core subject in school, according to the OnePoll figures.

Steven Bartlett, entrepreneur, and the youngest dragon on Dragon’s Den, who featured at number nine on the UK most influential list and 22nd on the global list, said: “Starting up a business is hard work – it's so important to find those you can draw inspiration from, both in and out of your industry, to keep you motivated to succeed.

“There are lots of positive role models the next generation of entrepreneurs can look up to, from music artists to sports stars, who are relatable figures in business with less traditional career paths, each of which show us something different about how to achieve your dreams.”

The spokesperson from NatWest added: “From our Dream Bigger programme in schools, Business Builder for early-stage entrepreneurs, to our Entrepreneur Accelerator hubs around the country for high growth, green and diverse businesses, we want to help more businesses start, scale and succeed.”


1.            Rihanna

2.            Beyoncé

3.            Marcus Rashford MBE

4.            Molly-Mae Hague

5.            David Beckham OBE

6.            Kylie Jenner

7.            Kim Kardashian

8.            Elon Musk

9.            Ryan Reynolds

10.         KSI

11.         Mark Zuckerberg

12.         Michael Jordan

13.         Joe Wicks MBE

14.         Victoria Beckham OBE

15.         Jeff Bezos

16.         Zoe 'Zoella' Sugg

17.         Jay-Z

18.         Dr Dre

19.         Lebron James

20.         Rio Ferdinand OBE

21.         Steven Bartlett

22.         Stella McCartney CBE

23.         Pharrell Williams

24.         Gary Neville

25.         Grace Beverley

26.         Alexa Chung

27.         Virgil Abloh

28.         Gwyneth Paltrow

29.         Jonathan Van Ness

30.         Jamal Edwards MBE

Source: Read Full Article