Vita at Wikipedia →Philip_Green
Extract: “Philip Green was born on 15 March 1952 in Croydon, in South London, the son of a successful Jewish property developer and retailer. He has a sister, Elizabeth, five years his senior. His family moved to Hampstead Garden Suburb, a middle-class enclave in north London, and at the age of nine he was sent to the now-closed Jewish boarding school Carmel College in Oxfordshire. When his father died of a heart attack, Green was in line to inherit the family business at the age of twelve. After leaving boarding school at 15, he worked for a shoe importer before travelling to the US, Europe and the Far East. It was on his return that he set up his first business with a £20,000 loan, importing jeans from the Far East to sell on to retailers in London. In 1979, Green bought up the entire stock of ten designer label clothes sellers who had gone into receivership for extremely low prices. He then had the newly bought clothes sent to the dry cleaners, got them put on hangers, wrapped them in polythene to make them look new, and then bought a place to sell them to the public.
In 1988, he became Chairman and Chief Executive of a quoted company called Amber Day, a discount retailer. The shares performed well, but then suffered a series of profit downgrades and in 1992 he resigned when the company failed to meet its profit forecast. He has not led a quoted company since, instead working with other entrepreneurs, including →Tom Hunter (a sports shoe millionaire and one of the richest men in Scotland) and the Barclay brothers, to help fund his entrepreneurship.
…Green is a supporter of the Fashion Retail Academy and the industry charity Retail Trust. Green was knighted on 17 June 2006. In May 2007 after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal, Green donated £250,000 as a monetary reward for any useful public information. He also provided the McCanns with the use of his private jet to allow them to fly to Rome for a Papal visit.”
Green's Football Club is →Everton FC
“He is heavily involved with Everton Football Club due to his friendship with chairman →Bill Kenwright, but has no intention of formally investing in the club. He arranged for another friend, Planet Hollywood's owner Robert Earle to purchase shares from former director Paul Gregg during a struggle for control of Everton in 2004. He offers business advice to the club alongside Tesco CEO Terry Leahy and helps negotiates player transfer fees with agents.”
See also List of famous →Everton F.C. supporters
Latest News: →Daily Record, In pictures: Football stars pay tribute to former Scotland team doctor Stewart Hillis who died after a short battle with cancer: “…Ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Rangers manager Ally McCoist and former Scotland coach Craig Brown attended a service in his honour at Wellington Parish Church in Glasgow. Also among the mourners were ex-Celtic star Murdo MacLeod and Gerry McCann – dad of missing Madeleine – who knew him when he was a doctor in Glasgow….Mourners heard Sir Alex praise Stewart’s professionalism… Fergie said he first met Stewart when he was managing St Mirren and the pair had remained close ever since. There were also warm tributes from Stewart’s eldest son, Andrew, and from Dr Frank Dunn, president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow…The Prof [Hillis] was also instrumental in creating a heart-screening programme for footballers and was awarded an OBE in 2009…”