The Man Who Challenged America: The Life and Obsession of Sir Thomas Lipton

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07Born in Glasgow in 1850, Thomas Lipton was on the list of world’s first global entrepreneurs. His showmanship, business flair and customer-driven focus designed a chain of nationwide markets and the thriving Lipton tea business, making them a multi-millionaire. One critical for his success was his complete management of every business he undertook, from production on the customer. A keen yachtsman, he mounted a British challenge resistant to the American holders from the America’s Cup on five occasions between 1898 and 1930 but was unsuccessful each and every time. Yet, along the way of doing so, his fame spread world wide and his name became a byword for sportsmanship and diplomacy. What is more, Lipton’s astute association of business having a sport of international dimension established a trend that has been an accepted portion of life today. Lipton exemplified the values of competitiveness, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership in global business. Yet until recently, no biography of Lipton has gotten together these strands. The advent in the America’s Cup in Europe in 2007 is an ideal time to reassess and re-evaluate the life with the man whose dream that it was to wrestle the Cup from American hands.

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