Victoria Beckham named Britain's top entrepreneur

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham heads a list of Britain's 100 most successful entrepreneurs of 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham heads a list of Britain's 100 most successful entrepreneurs of 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham heads a list of Britain's 100 most successful entrepreneurs of 2014.

The former singer topped the list by British magazine Management Today, five years after she set up her fashion business.

The accolade was given based on turnover growth and job creation over the past five years, and her fashion brand Victoria Beckham turned over £30 million (S$61.6 million) last year, a rise of 2,900 per cent over that period, according to the magazine.

Her staff has also grown to 100-strong since she started her fashion label in 2008.

Beckham, 40, last month opened her first stand-alone boutique in Mayfair, central London.

Management Today praised her "finely tuned business acumen" and called her "living proof that celebrity may be the most marketable commodity of all."

Andrew Saunders, deputy editor of Management Today, reportedly said: "She's got a real business, some design talent and some business nous. She gets a lot of stick for being a celeb fashionista but I don't think that's fair."

She won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and topped a Style Icon poll at London Fashion Week last month.