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Getting to Know Brightonians’ Most Outstanding: Tony Bloom

brightonThe town of Brighton in East Sussex England is famous for its seaside resort ambiance, its beaches and the ever beloved pier, a lovely expanse to stroll around and breathe fresh air. This city is likewise known to vote and award its most outstanding citizens who have brought change and pride to their beloved town. Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom is one such man and today we’ll discover why.

A graduate of a mathematics degree from the Manchester University, Tony spent the first few formative years of his career at accounting firm Earnest & Young. After which, he left to pursue his lifelong interest in business and investments, a risky move but a rewarding one nonetheless. It is from here that he managed to build his wealth and equity at such a young age.

By the year 2000, he became a major shareholder for the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. It was a move that no longer surprised anyone especially since Tony grew up in a family who loved the sport and ardently supported the club. As a matter of fact, his grandfather Harry who was a known hotelier and motor trader was vice chairman to Mike Bamber for seven years during the ’70s while his uncle Ray was a director the following decade.

As of May 2009, he bought majority share of the club and became its newest and current chairman. His first project was one that left a huge smile among Brightonians. He spearheaded and helped finance the £93 million American Express Community Football Stadium that seats a maximum capacity of 30,750 people. This move officially ended the twelve years of the Albions without a home base after previous chairman and board let go of the Goldstone Ground in a very controversial sale in 1997. For good measure, Tony Bloom likewise helped develop and erect the American express Elite Football Training Center which opened in 2014.

And as if those were not enough, he also founded two charities namely the Bloom Foundation, formerly the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, in 2011 and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation together with his wife Linda. The former aims to provide relief and end poverty in the United Kingdom, some areas in Europe and the developing countries in Asia and Africa. The latter was set to help patients suffering from the rare degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system and often leads to vision loss and body paralysis.

Tony Bloom and His Kick-ass Achievements

tony-bloom-amexMany people are go getters but not a lot are goal-diggers. They’re the type to set their eyes on a prize and commit themselves to achieving it. They’ll stop at nothing to get to their destination. Tony Bloom is one such man.

Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom was born in the English seaside resort town of Brighton and Hove, more simply known as Brighton, in England in the seventies. He attended Lancing College and proceeded to take a degree in mathematics at the University of Manchester. Upon finishing his degree, he became an options trader in 1993 at the accountancy firm, Earnest and Young.

If you look at it, Tony seems to already have things going for him. He attended elite institutions and worked for one of the country’s prestigious companies. But we’re only getting started.

After working as an options trader, Tony realized that he wanted to try his luck with business and investments. He made several endeavors which all bore fruit. Eventually, he left Earnest and Young to start his own career as a businessman.

The projects he took were very successful so much so that he got the financial freedom and equity to support one of his first loves: football.

In the year 2000, Tony Bloom became one of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s major investors and stockholders. By 2009, he bought majority share and succeeded Harry Dick Knight as the club’s chairman. He then proceeded to end one of the club’s biggest dilemmas, one that has lasted for over 12 years. He gave them a home.

The Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. has its own share of misfortunes in the past. Not only did it manage to avoid relegation by a smidge but it also lost its previous home, the Goldstone Ground, after then directors sold it without profits to pay off debts. Since then the Albions were left without a home.

Tony, as one of his first projects as chairman, helped financially support the construction of the American Express Community Stadium, a £93 million project that sits 30,750 people and is now the team’s newest home. To top things, he also had a fully equipped training facility built called the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. Both projects were opened to the public in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

And then there’s Tony Bloom’s philanthropic works as seen in two of the foundations he built and supports the “Bloom Foundation” which fight poverty and the “OMS Foundation” which helps patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

The Bloom Foundation

Tony BloomAnthony Grant Bloom or simply Tony is perhaps most known for being the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman and for helping personally fund the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. But what many may not be well aware is that he is in fact a philanthropist too.

He set up the “Bloom Foundation” which was formerly called the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” together with four other trustees including his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks.

In March of 2015, the charity has reported a total of £3.1 million worth of income coming from voluntary donations, pledges and investments and a £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, investment management and governance. The foundation has its headquarters in #34 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BY.

The Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects state that it caters and works 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 main focus of the foundation involves a number of cases in relation to poverty relief. This includes among others: education, employment, economic and community development, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, overseas aid, famine relief, prevention and relief of poverty, and other charitable purposes.

Areas of concern include that of Europe, the United Kingdom as well as various developing countries in Asia and Africa which are known to immensely suffer from great bouts of poverty and inequality. Many of the afflicted are even women, children and the elderly.

Tony Bloom, together with the other four trustees, evaluates, searches, offers and makes grants to various organizations, causes and charities that have the same goals and objectives as the Bloom Foundation does. These grants are geared towards causes as mentioned earlier and primarily in the pursuit of improving people’s way of life by virtue of providing help in areas that are most needed like water, food, livelihood, education, employment, health and safety.