Overall ranking: 22 (new entry)
Restaurateur ranking: 6 (new entry)
Steve Richards is at the helm of one of the biggest casual dining companies in the country with some of the UK's best-known restaurant brands. Formed out of Tragus Group (renamed Casual Dining Group in 2015), the business counts Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas among its brands. It has over 10,000 staff and serves more than 20 million meals at close to 300 locations. Richards has been chief executive since April 2014. A seasoned operator, he has 25 years' experience in the multi-site hospitality sector. He began his career at Allied Domecq and is a former managing director of Scottish & Newcastle (now Star Pubs & Bars) and Spirit Group (now owned by Greene King). He is also a former chief executive of bar group Novus Leisure and deputy chairman of trade body UKHospitality, recently formed from the amalgamation of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the British Hospitality Association. There's no missing Richards if he's out and about at events. With his imposing physical stature, it's no surprise that he's a big rugby fan.
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