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De­sign, £150m

Ching­ford-born Sir Jonathan Ive is the man who de­signed Ap­ple’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­ucts such as the iPods, iPhones and iPads. Born the son of a sil­ver­smith­turned-teacher, he de­vel­oped a pas­sion for tak­ing clocks and the like to pieces as a youth. He stud­ied in­dus­trial de­sign at New­cas­tle Polytech­nic, grad­u­at­ing in 1989. Af­ter col­lege he ran his own de­sign com­pany called Tan­ger­ine and ap­plied him­self to de­sign­ing hair combs, power tools and toi­lets. At Tan­ger­ine he was con­tracted by Ap­ple to help de­sign the portable Pow­erbook G4. So im­pressed were Ap­ple with Ive that he was lured to Cal­i­for­nia in 1992 and five years later was pro­moted to be­come the com­pany’s de­sign chief at 29. His salary is re­ported to be £3m a year, while his stock op­tions and his per­sonal prop­erty port­fo­lio (in­clud­ing a £2.5m West Coun­try man­sion, a £10m San Fran­cisco man­sion and a Hawai­ian is­land hol­i­day home) take him to £150m. He was knighted in 2012.

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