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Study Shows Link Between Entrepreneurism and Dyslexia

July 2 2009 | by

A new study of entrepreneurs in the U.S. suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought.

A study by London’s Cass Business School reported that more than a third of the U.S. entrepreneurs surveyed — 35 percent — identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than non-dyslexics to delegate authority and to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses.

The study, reported in The New York Times, was based on a survey of 139 business owners in a wide range of fields across the U.S. The numbers were significantly higher than a similar Cass Business School poll in 2001, in which 20 percent of British entrepreneurs said they were dyslexic.

The higher number of dyslexic entrepreneurs in the U.S. is attributed to earlier and more effective intervention by American schools to help dyslexic students deal with their learning problems. Approximately 10 percent of Americans are believed to have dyslexia, experts say.

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