Sir James Dyson is founder and chief engineer at Dyson, the maker of top-selling vacuums, fans, and hand dryers. An inventor and industrial designer by trade, Dyson is famed for creating the world’s first bagless vacuum after 5,127 prototypes. Today, Dyson’s turnover is more than $2 billion, and Dyson vacuums are available in more than 65 countries. Dyson spends millions each week on R&D and employs nearly 4,500 people, a third of which are engineers. Dyson continues to work alongside his team of engineers and scientists, developing new technologies to overcome everyday frustrations. He founded the James Dyson foundation in 2002 to nurture young engineers.