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Book Sir John Madejski for your next event.
The Edge Entertainment Agency and After Dinner Speaker Specialists
Sir John Madejski
When you've bought a magazine for £2,000
then sold it for £260m and gone on to have a football stadium named
after you, it's obvious you're doing something right.
But businessman Sir John Madejski, OBE
DL, probably most widely known as the chairman of Reading Football Club,
and with a raft of commercial interests spanning property, broadcast
media, hotels, restaurants, publishing and football knows what itís like
to start from small beginnings.
Robert John Hurst was born in 1941. He changed his surname to
Madejski when his step-father, a Polish airman during World War II,
returned to England to marry his mother.
While on holiday in Florida in the mid 1970s he spotted a car sales
magazine that included photos of the cars. He saw the potential for a
similar publication in the UK and so Thames Valley Trader was founded.
Its success led to the launch of Auto Trader in 1977 which went from
strength to strength and in 1998, he netted £174m from the sale of its
parent company, Hurst Publishing.
Art is one of his passions and he is a patron of many institutions in
the arts, academia and education. He is a benefactor to the Royal
Academy of Arts and in 2004 had the John Madejski Fine Rooms at
Burlington House named after him in recognition of a £3 million
Another passion is cars - he keeps a Ferrari in a glass case at his
home. As chairman of Reading football club he spent £40m on the teamís
Madejski stadium. His name is also attached to a hotel, an art gallery
and a lecture theatre in Reading.
Madejski now has business interests around the world from a hotel in
the Galapagos Islands to a bottling plant in China and, according to the
Sunday Times Rich List, is easily worth £305m.
Sir Johnís experience and business acumen make him a desirable
keynote speaker for business audiences.
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