Businessman 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.