Born 24 March 1947
Now more widely known in the UK for his role in the TV programme 'The Apprentice', Sir Alan Sugar founded the home electronics group Amstrad in in 1968. In 1985 he launched the PCW8256 which, although made of very cheap components, retailed at over £300. At its peak Amstrad achieved a stock market valuation of £1.2billion, but the nineties proved a troubled time. In 1997 Amstrad divided into Betacom and Viglen.
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