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Famous pluralists alive today

Joanna Lumley - model, actress, campaigner

Clive Jamesauthor, journalist, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist

Sadie Frostactress, fashion designer, film producer

Alex JamesMusician, journalist, broadcaster, amateur astrophysicist, cheesemaker

Gwyneth Paltrow - actress, singer, food writer

Julian Fellowes - author, actor, film director, politican

Brian CoxMusician, astrophysicist, teacher, presenter, author

Luke Johnson - businessman, entrepreneur, journalist, angel investor, charity trustee, father

Alan Sugar business magnateentrepreneur, media personality, sports-club owner, political advisor

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The Plurocracy:

the growing body of men and women who do not wish to be defined by their core profession

As careers for life recede, the trend of living and working on your own terms has come to the fore.

Senior professionals with knowledge and experience are perfectly placed to exploit the opportunity to choose and control their future, electing when they cease “working” for money or pleasure, not having it decided for them.

This trend is manifesting itself today as we see the most talented using their skills and experience in many different ways, simultaneously and consecutively for as long as they are able and willing, ignoring the government's official retirement age, and the tradition of a single career.

There are so many outputs of the new Plural life, from having multiple sources of income to having many circles of colleagues or carrying many business cards!


Pluralists are in control, they stop working when they want to, not when the government or their employer chooses.

Pluralists have a flexible working life which adjusts to fit with everything in their orbit - whether that is exciting and stimulating work, family commitments, a desire to chase a passion, or anything else that may occupy their waking hours.

Some Plural careers are made up of a main job plus a non-executive directorship or two. Others might invlove publishing books, blogging, giving speeches or earning as a consultant.

You could be starting a business with a friend or colleague whilst being a non-executive director of another company and investing in property, start-ups and the stock market. You could be an entrepreneur or even a “Rock star”!

Famous pluralists in history

William Shakespeare - playwright, property developer, timber merchant

Samuel Pepys - diarist, in charge of the Royal Dockyards

Leonardo Da Vinciinventor, painter, sculptor, architect, scienctist, musician, mathematician, engineer, writer, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, botanist, historian and cartographer!

Benjamin Franklinauthor, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat

Winston Churchill - statesman, author, journalist, soldier, painter, bricklayer 

Hedy Lamarr - actress, inventor

Joseph Priestley - English theologian,dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and Liberal political theorist

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"age shall not weary me, nor the years condemn me to obscurity"

The mantra of the true Pluralist is a corruption of the famous line in Robert Laurence Binyon's poem: For the Fallen

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