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What’s the Deal with Tony Bloom

tony-bloom-brightonEnglishman 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.

Tony Bloom’s Road to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

tony-bloomA lot of football fans can boast about the best games they’ve seen, the countries they’ve been to for FIFA and their slew of sports memorabilia but nobody can do it like Tony Bloom. The man has quite the achievement under his belt. This sports aficionado has not only been to the best games the world has ever seen but he too is chairman to one of the United Kingdom’s football clubs: the Brighton and Hove Albion.

But before he became its chairman back in 2009 and before he was awarded as Brightonian of the year for the contributions he has given to both the sport and the club, who is Tony?

Back in the year 1970, a bouncing baby boy named Anthony Grant was born to the Bloom family. He would later on be more popular by his nickname Tony. The Blooms since then have been avid fans of the sport and the Albions. They are known to actively support them not only by being present in almost every match but also financially. As a matter of fact, two family members from two earlier generations have already been affiliated with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

Tony’s grandfather Harry, a well-known motor trader and hotelier, was deputy chair to Mike Bamber in the 1970s, a post he held for seven years. It was during this time when the club rose from the old Third to the First Division. His uncle Ray and Harry’s youngest son holds a minority share for the past 24 years. In 1984, he became one of the club’s directors after finishing his nine year stint at Worthing as managing director.

Tony Bloom attended Lancing College, a co-educational English independent school founded in 1848 and considered to be one of the UK’s most exclusive. He proceeded to study at Manchester University where he took up and finished a degree in mathematics. By 1993 and fresh out of college, he worked for accountancy firm Ernst & Young as an options trader. But this simply wasn’t the road for him. He eventually resigned and proceeded to go into various entrepreneurial ventures, most of which became very fruitful.

Such businesses and investments proved to be very rewarding that Tony Bloom managed to buy majority share of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. from then chair Harry Dick Knight. At present, he has already contributed a £93 million 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium and a fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, both already functional.