London-born András Lengyel built his company through old-fashioned hard work and perseverance — with no formal qualifications.

At the age of 22 he negotiated and won a multi-year contract with Distell Group Limited, the tenth largest wine marketer in the world. With an annual revenue in excess of $1.5 billion, Distell appointed his company to represent an exclusive portfolio of wine estates. A selection of private game reserves, celebrated hotels and award-winning jewellers soon followed, each at the pinnacle of their field.

Lengyel now has 20 years industry experience, having worked alongside family-run businesses, royal warrant holders and captains of industry. He is a former private consultant to Bourse CAC and FTSE-listed corporations, Areva NP and Old Mutual plc.

Updated: January 1, 2018.