The self-made billionaire behind some of Britain's best known high street retail chains was made an honorary member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange last night.
Philip Green, who owns Bhs and the Arcadia Group which includes Top Shop, Top Man, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Evans, received the honour in Glasgow from Scots entrepreneur Tom Hunter, who since selling his sportswear firm has been involved in many deals.
Mr Green was in the city to speak about his businesses at a special exchange meeting held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. An audience of more than 500 packed the hall - the majority exchange members.
Prior to the meeting, Mr Green met a class of pupils studying for heir higher certificates in business management at Jordanhill School.
The entrepreneur started out in business as a jeans and shoe retailer in the mid-1980s but now has 42,000 staff at 2,300 retail outlets in the UK and more than 300 franchises overseas.