At the age of 38, Tony Blair was still toiling away as a shadow minister in the Labour Party.
It took a decade-long career as Prime Minister and another fifteen years working to improve living standards in developing nations for Mr Blair to finally secure a knighthood at the age of 68 in January.
But his son Euan, 38, has been awarded his first honour just six years after setting up a business dedicated to supplying apprentices to tech companies. Mr Blair has been awarded an MBE for services to education as founder and chief executive of Multiverse.
He has been recognised alongside a string of high-profile business figures including AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot, British entrepreneur Ron Kalifa and broadcasting executive Jane Turton.
Mr Blair said: “It’s a real honour to receive this recognition, but it’s on behalf of an organisation full of people who are working tirelessly to build a truly outstanding alternative to university.
“Multiverse’s growth is testament to the power of apprenticeships to widen access to top jobs and give employers the skilled talent they need.”
Mr Soriot has been knighted for his work delivering the Covid vaccine in the pandemic. AstraZeneca developed one of the leading Covid jabs alongside Pfizer and was hailed for providing billions of doses of the vaccine for no profit.
British entrepreneur Ron Kalifa has been knighted for his work supporting the financial services and technology industries. The Network International chairman has been recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee honours list after he spearheaded a major review of listing rules designed to attract more high-profile tech IPOs to the London Stock Exchange.
Jane Turton, chief executive of All3Media, has been awarded an OBE for services to the television production industry. Ms Turton’s 30-year career in broadcasting has seen her in top positions at Granada Television and ITV before joining All3Media in 2008. She was appointed chief executive of the company in 2015 after it was acquired by Discovery and Liberty Global.