Sir Jim Ratcliffe

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  • British billionaire chemical engineer turned financier and industrialist.
  • I am the chairman and chief executive officer of the Ineos chemicals group.
  • Former chemical engineer James Ratcliffe is the founder, chairman and majority owner of chemical powerhouse Ineos Group.
  • The London-based conglomerate produces everything from synthetic oils and plastics to solvents used to make insulin and antibiotics.
  • It’s become one of the U.K. shale sector’s largest players. Its 600 foot “Dragon Ships” were the first to transport U.S. shale gas into Europe.
  • Ratcliffe mortgaged his house in 1992 to lead the buyout of a BP chemicals business; 6 years later, he bought a plant from that firm to form Ineos.
  • Ineos acquired two chemicals businesses from BP in 2021 for $5 billion. It formed petrochemical JVs with Sinopec worth more than $7 billion in 2022.
  • In 2023, Ineos acquired $1.4 billion of U.S. onshore oil and gas assets from Chesapeake Energy.


From a single site in Antwerp bought for £84 million and employing just 400 people, INEOS has grown exponentially since it was formed in May 1998.  Here is an overview of the key milestones in our short history. Today INEOS is a global chemical company. Our products touch every aspect of modern day life. We comprise 36 businesses with 194 sites in 29 countries throughout the world. INEOS also encompasses consumer brands and sports interests.


In 2017, INEOS Chairman Jim Ratcliffe, a car enthusiast and experienced adventurer, identified a gap in the market for a stripped back, utilitarian, hard-working 4×4 engineered for modern day compliance and reliability. INEOS Automotive Limited was formed and a senior team of automotive professionals assembled to bring the vision to reality with a fresh perspective of 4×4 development and manufacturing. Combining rugged British spirit with German engineering rigour, the Grenadier will be a truly uncompromising 4×4 built from the ground up. Engineered to overcome all conditions, it will provide best-in-class off-road capability, durability and reliability to those who depend on a vehicle as a working tool, wherever they are in the world.

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