Englishman Tony Bloom was voted and awarded with the Most Outstanding Brightonian Award and to those who may have only heard of the name now, it’s hard to not get curious. What did this man do to deserve such praise and accolade?
Born in the ‘70s, Tony grew up in a family who loved football and who greatly supported the Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. Not surprising as his grandfather Harry was deputy chair in the same decade while his uncle Ray was a director ten years later. They would all watch matches at the Goldstone Ground, something that young Tony always looked forward to.
He was schooled at Lancing College before taking up a mathematics degree at the University of Manchester. After graduation, he landed a job at accounting firm Earnest & Young as an options trader. But Tony Bloom was one who has always had his eyes set on business and investments. He later left the post in the 90s to build his own and started off investing in various ventures. It was quite a risky move for the young man but one that proved fruitful as they proved profitable and built the equity and wealth he enjoys today.
By the year 2000, Tony wanted to fulfill his childhood dream which was football. But instead of being the man behind the ball, he became the man behind the team. He first started off as a major investor and stockholder at the turn of the millennium and just 9 years after, he bought majority share and proceeded to succeed Harry Dick Knight as the Brighton & Hove Albion’s newest and current chairman.
His first project was the construction of the £93 million 30, 750 capacity Amex (American Express Community Stadium) which opened in 2011. The move ended the 12 long years of the club without its own home base after the controversial sale of Goldstone Ground by the Bill Archer and David Belloti back in 1997 which left the club in a mess. Tony Bloomed followed this up with the special and fully equipped American Express Elite Football Centre that began operations in 2014.
Moreover, he founded the Bloom Foundation, previously the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, with its advocacies and projects on poverty. He also co-founded the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with his wife Linda who previously suffered but has currently recovered from the condition.