If we were to write Tony Bloom’s resume, it’ll probably take a considerable amount of time and not to mention papers. Known as the ultimate slashie, a term millenials would often use to denote someone with dual work or careers, Tony is a man of many things. But what exactly would one expect to see in his resume granted that he does write one today?
- Businessman – Following his graduation at the Manchester University with a degree in mathematics, Tony worked as an options trader for accounting firm Earnest and Young. Even then, he had always gravitated towards entrepreneurship finding himself considering investments here and there. Eventually, he jumped ship and gone into business from where much of his wealth thrives. In the year 2000, he became one of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s major investors and stockholders to both grow his portfolio and likewise nourish his love of the sport and the club.
- Philanthropist – More than just profits and business, Tony also works and strives for various causes. Two of his biggest philanthropic works would have to be the Bloom Foundation and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis foundation. The former was established back in 2011 and aims to prevent and/or relieve poverty in Europe and the developing countries of Asia and Africa. It focuses on areas of education, livelihood, famine relief, community development and sustainable living. The latter was a joint effort spearheaded by his wife Linda to help patients with Multiple Sclerosis make better informed decisions and help improve their lifestyle and condition.
- Football Club Chairman – Tony Bloom’s association with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. started at a young age. He was born to the Blooms who were avid fans of the sport and the club both emotionally and financially. His grandfather Harry was vice-chair in the 1970s while his uncle Ray was part of the board during the 80s. As mentioned earlier, he became one of its investors in 2000 and by 2009, he bought out majority share and proceeded to succeed Harry Dick Knight as its chairman. He then spearheaded and helped financially construct the American Express Community Stadium (Amex), previously the Falmer Stadium, thus ending the club’s 12 year stint without a home. For good measure, he also helped build the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, a complete training facility for athletes. Both opened in 2011 and 2014 respectively.