The 100 City people you need to follow on Twitter this year, day one: Entrepreneurs

Emma Haslett
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Thanks to his passion for publicity stunts, Richard Branson has become one of the City's favourite tweeters (Source: Getty)

It's the beginning of 2015, so it's time to give your Twitter account a revamp: out with that Cheryl Cole spoof account, in with people who can give you the knowledge to get ahead in your career.

Over the next five days, we'll be giving you the best and brightest City types to follow, from entrepreneurs to analysts to property gurus.

Today, we've got the top 20 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. And best of all, there's not a Dragon in sight....

1Richard Branson@richardbransonFounder, Virgin GroupTie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist & troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Otherwise known as Dr Yes at @virgin!
2Brent Hoberman@brenthobermanCo-founder,, angel investorCofounder , , founders forum, non exec:gmg,talktalk,shazam+ eton
3Sherry Coutu@scoutuAngel investorProduct Strategist, entrepreneur, angel investor and non-exec board director.
4Lord Young@TheLordYoungGovernment adviser on enterprise, "godfather" of government's StartUp Loans schemeA serial entrepreneur since 1961 and an occasional politician, presently in Downing Street as the PM's Adviser on Enterprise. The Godfather of StartUp loans.
5Pete Cashmore@PeteCashmoreFounder, MashableCEO and Founder of
6Lance Uggla@LanceUgglaFounder, MarkitNo bio
7Nick Hungerford@nickhungerfordChief executive, Nutmeg
I'm the CEO of Nutmeg, the company on a mission to democratise saving and investing. I'm a career finance person, Stanford MBA and sports fan.
8Nick Wheeler@nicktheshirtFounder, Charles Tyrwhitt
Started Charles Tyrwhitt 20 years ago. Loving shirts ever since.
9Martha Lane Fox@marthalanefoxCo-founder, and Lucky Voice, non-exec director, Marks & SpencerNo bio
10Holly Tucker@HollyLTuckerCo-founder,
Founder & President at, co-writer of 'Build a Business From Your Kitchen Table' and 'Shape Up Your Business'. Founder of Happy Bricks Fdn
11Simon Nixon@SimonNixonFounder, MoneysupermarketHaving sold, Nixon has moved on to Thus, expect lots of pictures of magnificent land- (and sea-)scapes, as well as the odd bit of gossip.
12Rowan Gormley@rowbagsFounder, Naked Wines
Founder Naked Wines. Average dad. Terrible accountant.
13John Vincent@JohnV_LEONCo-founder, LeonHusband to @thekatiederham, father to two girls, Naturally Fast Food with @Henry_Leon at @leonrestaurants, master to Sonny.
14Rupert Murdoch@RupertMurdochChairman and chief executive, News Corporation and Fox NewsNo bio
15Rohan Silva@rohan__silvaCo-founder, SecondhomeLDN, former government technology adviserCo-founder, @SECONDHOMELDN.
16Wendy Tan White@wendytanwhiteCo-founder and chief executive, MoonfruitCo-Founder & CEO @Moonfruit, Design-control DIY Website and Shop Builder. Recently acquired by Hibu (formerly Yell). @500Startups Mentor. Making stuff happen.
17Saul Klein@capePartner, Index VenturesKlein may be the son of legendary investor Robin Klein, but that doesn't mean he's in his shadow. He has a particular fondness for data, so expect lots of charts on everything from Israeli tech IPOs to mobile phone penetration in Africa.
18Kathryn Parsons@KathrynParsonsFounder, Decoded
Founder @DecodedCo. Entreprenette. Digital Enlightenment Evangelist. LDN/NY/GLOBAL.
19Lord Ashcroft@LordAshcroftFounder and chairman, Crimestoppers; pollster-in-chief, Lord Ashcroft Polls
Official Twitter profile for Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, author, international businessman and philanthropist.
20John Caudwell@johndcaudwellFounder, Phones4U, philanthropist
Sold P4U In 2006 to focus on Philanthropy. Committed to donate half my wealth on death. Passionate about @caudwellkids & other causes that are changing world

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