3: Hermann Hauser, serial entrepreneur, founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
Hermann Hauser emigrated from his native Austria to the UK at age 15 and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs of his time. In the late 1970s, he set up manufacturing firm Acorn, maker of the BBC Micro. In 1990, Hauser helped spin-out Advanced RISC Machines (ARM), a chip design company, from Acorn. Today, ARM is one of the strongest players in its sector worldwide, and use of its technology by leading semiconductor companies in a broad range of markets is delivering strong sales, profits and cash. Hauser now supports technology innovation and has backed several high-tech companies through his Amadeus Capital Partners business. Companies such as CSR (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) have provided big returns, positioning him as one of the wealthiest technologists in the UK. His work is often cited as inspirational to budding academic entrepreneurs in technology. Other companies he has founded include Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel, and Cambridge Network.
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