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Jim Ratcliffe: Turning cast-offs into gold

Jim Ratcliffe: Turning cast-offs into gold

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Jim Ratcliffe may once have been called Dr No by trade unions for his tough negotiating stance, but the UK's richest man champions the unloved.Through buying up and turning around the cast-off parts of big business, the Mancunian has made his £21bn fortune.From operations once owned by the likes of oil giant BP, Mr Ratcliffe has created a company whose chemicals and raw materials go into nearly everything we touch everyday. And it only took him 20 years to do it.Mr Ratcliffe, 65, has always been involved in chemicals and industry.After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham in 1974, he spent a very brief spell at BP before jumping to rival oil business Esso as a trainee accountant. Son of a joiner becomes...