Net Worth: $105 Million
- Source of Wealth Business services
- Nationality United Kingdom
About Emma Harrison
Harrison,best known for appearing on Channel 4’s Make Me a Million and The Secret Millionaire programmes, set up Action for Employment, now A4e, to provide training and opportunities for people who lost their jobs in Sheffield’s steel industry. The organisation manages £300m of government training contracts and operates in 11 countries, employing 3,300 people. For 47-year-old Harrison, who has been called in by David Cameron to spearhead the coalition’s drive to help families who have never worked get off benefits and into jobs, success has been earned the hard way. Harrison played truant in her mid-teens and was assigned a social worker who helped her get back on track. After “mediocre” A-levels put paid to a career in medicine, she spent six months sitting at home watching television, and eventually went back to college to do engineering, enrolling on a two-year course that she finished in eight months. She then talked her way onto a Bradford University engineering degree programme sponsored by British Steel. On graduating in 1987, she began retraining unemployed steel workers through A4e and hasn’t looked back. She lives with her husband and four children in the 12th-century stately home in the Peak District that she first visited on an outdoor activity course with her social worker. A4e’s profits increased to £9.6m on £191m turnover in 2009-10. The Sheffield business is worth £80m,with Harrison’s stake at £68m.The Sunday Times Rich List added £2m for other assets.