Dame Stephanie Shirley CH speaks about her life lessons, from child refugee to $3 billion IT entrepreneur to philanthropist – an amazing and extraordinary story told in her book Let it Go.
An ardent venture philanthropist with an unrelenting energy for creating positive change, she arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee at the start of the Second World War. In 1962 she started a software business from her dining table, a company that grew to employ 8,500 people and was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion.
Motivated to share the rewards of her success with a society that had extended such generosity to her as a child, Dame Stephanie decided to give away her wealth. Driven by a lifetime of extraordinary experiences and achievements, Dame Stephanie still dedicates every day to making her life one that was worth saving.