WPP plc, a British multinational advertising and public relations company, owes its international success to Martin Sorrell. Martin Stuart Sorrell was born in London to a Jewish family with an electronics retailer father, whose ancestors came from Russia, Poland and Romania. Sorell took over shopping basket manufacturer WPP in 1985 and turned it into an advertising monolith. In 2015, Martin Sorrell ranked No. 5 in the Harvard Business Review’s 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World.