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Men called John, David and Steve are more likely to do well in business than those called Tony, Matthew and Jimmy, research has revealed. The study, which examined the connection between first names and success to date, also found that Paul, Alan and Richard had a better chance of striking it rich in the business world.
Men named Fred, Brian and Ben were amongst the least likely to make it big in business, along with Ed, Alex and Kevin.
Peter and Andrew are also more likely to succeed than those going by Martin and Sam.
A spokesman for domain names site Siteopia, said:
“Your name really can say a lot about you and although we shouldn’t there’s a tendency to make an assumption about someone, perhaps before we’ve even met them.
“Some interesting patterns emerged from the results and it shows that we do place a lot of investment in names.
“Traditional strong names seem to have more luck in business and there’s some interesting correlations – we don’t get to choose our own first names, but it shows that choosing a name, whether for a business, person or website, is a big decision which greatly influences people’s opinions.”
Other men who are well-known among successful businessmen are likely to be called Mark, James and Simon.
Christopher, Ian, Tom and Rob have also been found to be among the most successful businessmen.
In contrast, Barry, George and Harry are probably going to be avoiding entrepreneurship.
And watch out if your local businessmen are called Joe, Neil or Tim.
However, Giles is currently earning the highest annual salary of more than £42,000, and Alex is earning the lowest salary at just over £22,000 a year.
Gareth is also a high earner at £39,000 a year, as is Martin on nearly £36,000 per annum.
Nigel will have attended the most interviews and not been successful, with an average of five rejections.
Men named Justin are most likely to be regretting a business decision or career move at some point during their life.
Rick, Gary and Edward are also more likely to be regretting a past business choice or career change – in fact men called Rick were most likely to admit they’ve lost a lot of money in their career overall.
Alex, Ben and Matthew were the names who were most likely to be seen as creative, while men called Daniel have experienced the most luck.
The spokesman for Siteopia added:
“So confident and attached to their name are they that some men have backed this up by building their own personal brand and naming their website after themselves.
“Whether we’re pursuing a career in business or not, our names are a big part of our identity and our personal brand by which we see ourselves. Of course, it’s a little tongue in cheek to suggest your name relates to how successful you are in life but whether it’s a business, person or website, names certainly have enormous power.”
NAMES OF TOP 20 MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMEN
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