Dinesh Dhamija, founder, Ebookers
Dinesh founded Ebookers plc, a European Internet travel agency that would grow to rival its American counterparts Expedia and Travelocity. Dinesh founded Flightbookers in 1983, the Internet arm of which would go on to become Ebookers in 1999. That same year, the new company’s initial public offering raised $70m. Dinesh began Ebookers with a $5m investment and only the support of his Finance Director; at the time he sold his business in 2005, for $471m, the company had 2,000 employees and handled 1.6m passengers annually.