Karren Brady is the British multimillionaire known as the “First Lady of Football,” after a three-decade career in the industry.
She ditched her formal education at the age of 18 and quickly rose up in the world of advertising and sport, to become one of the few — and, therefore, also prominent — women in football.
She became a director of a major publishing company, Sport Newspapers Ltd., at 20, and a managing director of Birmingham City Football Club before she hit 30. She made an estimated £82 million ($US125 million) by the time she turned 40.
After overcoming a potentially fatal cerebral aneurysm and a police arrest over allegations of corruption in English football, she was awarded a CBE for services to Women in Business and Entrepreneurship.
By the end of last year, she was granted the title Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge.
Karren Rita Brady was born on April 4, 1969, in Edmonton, London. Her family house was near to the Tottenham Hotspur football ground - White Hart Lane.
She then went to Poles Convent boarding school in Ware, Hertfordshire. After that, Brady went to the acclaimed Aldenham School in Elstree, where she gained four A-levels.
After being rejected from a journalism course, she joined ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi at the age of 18.
She capitalised on her family's contacts and got one of her father's largest clients, football club investor and pornographer David Sullivan, to spend £2 million ($3 million) on six months of advertising.
At the end 1988, she joined Sullivan's Sport Newspapers, which owned soft-porn magazines and The Daily Sport tabloid. She became a director within a year at the age 20.
During her time there, Brady spotted an advert for the sale of Birmingham City football club, after it fell into receivership. She said in several interviews she 'begged' Sullivan to buy it and let her run it.
In 1993, Sullivan bought the club for £700,000 ($1.1 million). Brady then became known as 'The First Lady of Football' after being appointed as the managing director of Birmingham City F.C. Here she is pictured with the Chairman of the football club, at the time, David Gold.
During her first two years there, she met her future husband, Canadian footballer Paul Peschisolido. He played for Birmingham City for two seasons (1992 -- 93 and 1993 -- 94).
Brady made huge strides within the first few years at Birmingham City. In 1996, Birmingham City made an overall profit for the first time in a decade.
Over the next few years, Brady would consolidate her influence by sitting on the boards of companies such as Channel 4 television and retailer Mothercare.
She is currently still a senior non executive director of Simon Cowell's music production and marketing company, Syco.
But in 2006, Brady underwent a full-body MRI scan and discovered a potentially fatal cerebral aneurysm.
In 2010, Brady became the vice chairman of West Ham United Football Club, underneath joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold.
She also became more vocal in politics and aligned herself with the Conservative Party. She serves on the Department for Culture Media & Sport's 'Women in Sport Advisory Board'.
In 2013, she addressed the Conservative Party Conference and was named as the government's Small Business Ambassador. Here she is with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
In March 2014, she was awarded a CBE for services to Women in Business and Entrepreneurship, by the Duke of Cambridge.
Only six months later, she was elevated to the House of Lords as a Conservative life peer, taking the title Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge.
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