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Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976 with £4000 loaned to her by a gas station owner.  She sold it 30 years later for £650 million.  The gas station owner got £137 million. That was a good investment.

No bank wanted to go into a business with a hippie chick dressed in a Bob Dylan T-shirt who made her money selling cocoa butter cream

Anita Roddick (1947-2007) was the founder of the cosmetics company The Body Shop, one of the first companies to promote ethical consumerism by banning product testing on animals and encouraging fairtrade with ingredients sourced from third-world countries. She was also a devoted human rights and environmental activist.

She started The Body Shop in 1976, and the company has grown to have two thousand stores all over the world. In 1990 she founded the organization Children on the Edge with the purpose of helping children affected by poverty, conflicts or disabilities.