Gerald Ratner

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Plenty of businessmen are able to chart their own meteoric rise through a company with stories of hard work and determination, but few have the stomach to recount their own fall with the same self deprecating wit as Ratner. As the former CEO of Ratners Jewellers (Now The Signet Group), he presided over the family business during its most successful period in the 1980s, challenging the status quo with daring sales techniques and maverick business plans.

But following a catastrophic speech at the Institute of Directors, during which he famously joked "People say how can you sell this for such a low price? I say, because it's crap" Ratner saw £500m drop off the family business before being pushed out of the company.

Ratner bounced back in spectacular style however, going on to open a chain of successful health spas and launching geraldonline.com – the UK’s most successful online jewellery site. He has since become an extremely popular choice on the corporate speaker circuit thanks to his enthralling and inspirational cautionary tale.


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