“I wanted to invest in start-ups and businesses per se, and do something no-one did for me; back brave and creative acumen in this country”
Simon Jordan is a well-known English Businessman who made his fortune in building the UK´s second largest Mobile phone retailer. Opening 218 shops in 5 years from an initial investment of £15k, he built a retail empire which he sold for marginally under £100 million. He achieved this all without borrowing or shareholders. Jordan went on to become one of the most recognisable faces in British sports, having purchased his boyhood Football Club Crystal Palace at 31. He became the youngest Premier league owner in history. His ownership spanned an entire decade of 2000-10 and he was responsible for huge changes in the industry.
Alongside investing £50 million plus in his beloved club, Jordan has been very active in the commercial sector:
- He started and founded the Magazine Octane with a management team, building it from launch to being one of the biggest publishers in the car magazine sector. He later sold his 50% shareholding to Dennis Publishing for Seven Figures.
- He launched a restaurant group in London´s West End, developing an award winning bar, with the group being sold to the world renowned Ottenlanghi group in another seven figure Deal.
- Seeing opportunities in the media sector a production company Aspiration Films was formed to create content specifically in the film, television and theatre sector, from which 3 critically acclaimed films were produced alongside award nominated plays.
- He has also invested in other opportunities across a pantheon of sectors from healthcare to property development, all approached with gusto and typical direct ambitious thinking.
Simon Jordan has a significant media platform:
· He is a published author with an award winning, best- selling autobiography “Be careful what you wish for“, (2013)
· He has his own column writing for two major newspapers on the business of sport, and an award nominated twice weekly radio show on Talk sport giving a unique voice to the business of sport.
· Alongside sports related media, he featured in ITV´s 8 part show “Fortune Millionaire Giveaway” with Duncan Bannatyne and Jeffrey Archer, also many other social and topical shows including BBC´s Question time in May 2019.
As a serial entrepreneur, with a very ambitious motivated approach to commerce and a wealth of experience across a multitude of sectors, he is fascinated and motivated by turnaround and development opportunities, even more so in these challenging times.
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