Was given a small portfolio of insurance policies as a severance package
Recently sold her insurance businesses for over $100M
At 42, this former receptionist was laid off by an American insurance firm based in the United Kingdom. Given a small portfolio of insurance policies on classic motorcycles as severance, she launched her own insurance consulting firm at her dining room table in the mid-1980s.
In 1999, Nash expanded into Ireland, opening up offices in Dublin. Over the years, she also broke into the classic car insurance market, along with a line of motorcycle security products.
Two years ago, Nash, a 66-year-old grandmother, sold the business to Groupama, a European Financial Services Group, for more than $100 million. "I am obviously sad to be retiring from a business that has been my life for the past 21 years," Nash said at the time. In recent years, she has appeared in rankings of the United Kingdom's wealthiest families.