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What’s in a Name: Tony Bloom

September 18th, 2017

tony bloom name“What’s in a name that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” was the famous line from Shakespeare’s masterpiece and undying classic Romeo and Juliet. But as much as monikers were devised as a tool for use when referring to something or someone, names have evolved and have come to mean more than letters and sound combined. Take the name Tony Bloom for example. It’s got heart, hard work, and grit personified. But why? Now that’s what we’re here for.

Tony or Anthony Grant Bloom was born in the seaside resort town of Brighton England during the ‘70s, a time we can all attribute to the first computer game (Pong), miniskirts, space voyages, groovy tape decks, microwaves, color television, and flared pants.

Young Tony however wasn’t as much into music, television or fashion growing up. Like his kin, he was a boy who was swept into the world of football. Matches at the Goldstone Ground were memorable moments for him and ones he often shared with his father, grandfather and brother. Little did he know that this childhood passion would come to accompany his name later on.

After spending his primary and secondary education at Lancing College, Tony took up and finished a mathematics degree at the Manchester University before ending up at Earnest and Young as an options trader. A stint he later left in 1993 to pursue his interests in business and investments.

A risk taker but also a wise strategist, Tony managed to make his investments and ventures flourish thereby creating a conglomerate for himself that spewed out enough equity for him to enjoy life’s luxuries at a young age.

By the year 2000, he had enough to enter the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club as a major stockholder and in May of 2009, he bought majority share and succeeded Harry Dick Knight into the chairmanship.

As his first project, he wanted to bring the Seagulls home. Everyone knows that the club had no home base since 1997 after Goldstone Ground was controversially sold in a futile and vain bid to pay off debts. The £93 million American Express Community Stadium was erected to end those grueling 12 years. Additionally, Tony had the fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

In 2011, Tony Bloom founded the Bloom Foundation with the advocacy on ending poverty and helping relieve people of its effects. He also co-founded the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with his wife Linda.

How Much of a Risk Taker is Tony Bloom  

June 26th, 2017

tony BloomBusinessman and football club chairman Tony Bloom is branded as a risk taker. He may be considered a man of a few words and simple speeches, a stark contrast to his predecessors as the Brighton and Hove Albion F. C. chairman, but he’s one who sure knows when to give it his all. Let’s take a look at some of the risks this English gentleman took and how they paid off.

An alumnus of Lancing College and the Manchester University where he took up and finished a degree in mathematics, Anthony Grant or Tony to his peers spent his first few years out of school at the accounting firm Earnest & Young. Dubbed as one of the big four in the accountancy and finance world, he learned a lot from his stint as an options trader.

But younger Tony always had an itch, the itch to dive into business and investments. He soon decided to leave his stable job at Earnest & Young soon after, a move many thought as very unconventional and impulsive at the time. But the fruits of his big risk paid of not so long after that. He eventually managed to rise from the ground up and build an enterprise and a name for himself. His various investment ventures also led him to build quite a promising and sterling equity at an age many deem to be very young to already be successful.

His next move was in the year 2000. Born to a family of football fans and avid supporters of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., Tony, with the equity he has worked hard to build, entered the world of the sport as he became one of the major investors and stockholders to the club. More than business, it was a childhood dream of his to be part of the Albions, a vision that’s no longer surprising given that his grandpa Harry and his uncle Ray were vice-chair and director in the ‘70s and ‘80s respectively. He soon followed in their footsteps when he bought majority share and became its newest and current chairman since May of 2009. His first two projects were also pretty groundbreaking, the multi-million American Express Community Stadium and the state of the art American Express Elite Football Performance Center.

As if those were not enough, Tony Bloom also shared himself and his earnings to charity. He even founded one: the Bloom Foundation and co-founded another with his wife: the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

What Tony Bloom’s Charity Stands For

April 4th, 2017

Chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, successful investor and business magnate, Tony Bloom is truly a man who juggles a lot of roles. How he does all of these without spreading the butter way too thin still baffle us until today. Magic or sorcery, who knows really? But as if that’s not enough, the man has set up The Bloom Foundation.

Founded in 2011, the charity was first known as the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust. Together with four other trustees: Linda Bloom, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks, Tony has since been pushing bounds to fight poverty across countries more specifically in the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing nations in Asia and Africa where majority of those afflicted are women, children and the elderly.

It does so by supporting and giving aid to poverty relief efforts. They offer and make grants to various associations, causes and projects that share the same goals and objectives.

The Bloom Foundation’s primary focus lies on education, training and employment, livelihood efforts, economic and community development, overseas aid, famine relief, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, safety and food and water supply.

As its charitable objects state, the charity seeks to contribute to “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

Poverty is a humungous issue not only in the regions mentioned but as a whole. It’s a global phenomenon that’s clear and evident without a shadow of a doubt. As a matter of fact, the World Bank notes that “the number of people living in extreme poverty globally remains unacceptably high with the most recent estimates showing that 10.7% or 896 million of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day and another 2.1 billion people who lives on less than US $ 3.10 a day.”

Tony Bloom, through his charity, seeks to reduce these numbers. Change may not come instantly but it has to begin somewhere.

Tony Bloom and the Adjectives that Perfectly Describe Him

November 4th, 2016

tony-bloom-doncasterBorn as Anthony Grant Bloom, Tony Bloom, has made quite a name for himself in various aspects and fields. From business to sports, the man has achieved not only success but also a fair amount of appreciation and admiration among peers, sports aficionados and more importantly the citizens of Brighton. He was beloved so much for his contributions that he was voted and awarded as the town’s Most Outstanding Citizen back in 2009.

But if we were asked to sum Tony Bloom into adjectives, we’d pick the following.

  • Passionate – Destiny and blood may have brought Tony to become the current chairman of the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club but passion was what kept him going to give all he could to the team and its fans. It was no secret that his grandfather became deputy chair in the seventies and his uncle was director during the eighties. But it was passion that drove him to contribute the best he could to the point that he not only gifted the Albions a new home, something they’ve thirsted for after 12 years of not having their own stadium, but also a fully equipped training facility both worth millions each.
  • Smart – Before his stint as the Albion’s chair, he was first a businessman and entrepreneurial risk taker. His smarts and careful tactics have led him to grow his own empire which later on he used to purchase majority share in the club and which also helped him back up the funds needed in the construction of the stadium and training facility.
  • Hardworking – Many of his employees and colleagues would refer to Tony as a man of a few words. He doesn’t talk much but he sure does a lot of walking. He’s pretty hardworking and persistence as evidenced by his growing business and football achievements. He’s not one to bow down early.
  • Charitable – Married to Australian-born wife Linda to whom he has a son with, Tony Bloom is also a philanthropist in his own right. He set up the Bloom Foundation which has for many years been fighting poverty in various areas of Europe and the developing nations in Asia and Africa. He has likewise supported the organization set up by his wife called the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis foundation for which he ran two Brighton marathons for in order to raise both funds and awareness for the said cause.

Tony Bloom and His Philanthropic Works

May 10th, 2016

Tony BloomTony Bloom, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman and major stockholder and investor is a man that’s more than just all sports and business. His contributions to the sport may have earned him the “Brightonian of the Year” award in 2009 but his philanthropic achievements have earned him the respect and gratitude of many.

He has established the “Bloom Foundation”, formerly known as the ‘Tony Bloom Charitable Trust’. Its charitable objects state that is aims for “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

The charity’s main focus is poverty in Europe, the United Kingdom and the numerous developing countries in Asia and Africa. Among the causes to which it offers grant for include health and wellbeing, famine relief, hunger, economic and community development, training and education, employment, poverty relief and life saving efforts.

The Bloom Foundation is composed of five trustees including Tony himself, his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarma and Adam Franks. In March of 2015, the charity has £3.1 million worth of income from voluntary pledges and donations and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. Its books show a 61% utilization of resources for charitable spending, 1% for income generation activities and the remaining 38% retained for future purposes.

Apart from the said charity, Tony also supports another cause particularly that set up by his wife called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation. About fifteen years ago, Linda herself was diagnosed with the disabling condition that affects the central nervous system. During her first months, her situation became so bad that she couldn’t even lift a pen. After several methods and a lifestyle change, she eventually managed to get MS under control. Still, the said condition has no known cause and cure yet. The foundation is meant to help patients understand their situation and guide in terms of informed decisions and lifestyle improvement.

In 2011 and 2015, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the OMS Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis.

Behind the Man: Tony Bloom

April 21st, 2016

The meaning behind a person’s given name is quite a fascinating topic, don’t you agree? How many times have you wondered whether the actual meaning behind your name matches the person that you are? Well, Tony Bloom’s does and here’s why.

Tony was actually born as an Anthony Bloom in town of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Anthony/Tony is an English name that had Roman and Latin origins and has been in use since the medieval ages. It means “highly praiseworthy”. People with such a name are said to be influential and has a great command and leadership among people.

Does it actually match the person that is Mr. Bloom? Is he really a highly praiseworthy man, a leader and an influencer? Here are a few noteworthy things about him. We’ll let you decide.


His love for the sport began at a young age with several members of his family supporting football and investing in it not only emotionally but financially as well. As a matter of fact, three generations and over forty years of Blooms have done so. His grandpa Harry served as the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vice chairman in the 1970s and his uncle Ray was a director in the 1980s. It was no surprise when he followed suit in 2009 and became its chairman up to the present.


Before he became chairman, Tony has already supported the sport and the club since the year 2000 as one of its major investors and stockholders. He was known to have helped ‘personally’ finance the American Express Community Stadium (aka Amex and formerly the Falmer Stadium) as well as the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which are both currently operational.


Because of his contributions and devotion to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and the sport in general, he was awarded as the Brightonian of the Year in the same year that he became chairman of the said club.


In order to fight poverty in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Africa, he has founded a charity called the Bloom Foundation together with fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. Tony Bloom is also known to ardently support the cause of his wife who was previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She too set up a charity called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis).

Tony Bloom on Raising Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

March 25th, 2016

Linda-Bloom-MSAround fifteen years ago, Tony Bloom, famous businessman, wealthy investor and chairman to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., received a blow to the stomach. Figuratively, that is.

Married to Australian born psychologist Linda who happens to have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Tony recalls the process to be painful emotionally and physically.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic, unpredictable and often progressive disease that comes in the form of relapses that affects the central nervous system. It attacks and destroys tissues in the brain and spinal cord. To be specific, it comes as a misdirected attack from the immune system that targets the white, fatty material that coats nerve fibers called the myelin. Myelin is important as it insulates and speeds the transmission of nerve signals relaying information into, within, and out of the brain and spinal cord. When damaged or destroyed, the flow of the said signals results to a variety of neurological problems including numbness, blindness and paralysis.

What’s interesting and also alarming about MS is the fact that it has no known cause or definite cure. Its symptoms are different for each patient and vary in severity and duration. Some of these symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, balance and vision problems, tremors, fatigue, lack of coordination, spasticity, slurred speech, bowel or bladder problems, troubles with memory or reasoning, depression and partial or complete paralysis among others.

Although Multiple Sclerosis has a number of symptoms that create severe disability and discomfort, it does not exactly shorten a person’s life span. However, the symptoms over time can result to other complications.

In Linda Bloom’s case, Tony remembers her first months to be so awful that she could barely move her limbs. Getting up from a couch seemed impossible and lifting a pen was too herculean an effort. At present and with the help of proper diet, adequate exercise, self-hypnosis, meditation yoga, and a lifestyle geared towards health and optimism, she has gotten her condition in control and is doing better.

It is for the same reason why Linda and Tony Bloom set up the OMSF which stood for “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” together with fellow trustees Joe Murray, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. It is a charity geared towards helping patients afflicted with MS make better informed decisions and improve the state they are in.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause and the OMSF, Tony Bloom has run two Brighton Marathons, one in 2011 and the other in 2015.