Founding Partner, the Platinum Partners Group
Entrepreneurial flair surfaced early in the young Steve Bolton. At the age of 8 he was following stocks and shares and by 11 he was gambling pocket money on horses. But like many other highly successful entrepreneurs, the traditional education system failed him and he left school at 16 with no qualifications. By 30 he had made his first million.
Steve is now one of the UK's most well-respected and successful property investors and business entrepreneurs and is highly regarded as an inspirational keynote speaker. He currently owns five very profitable businesses, including a substantial, multi-million pound, income-producing UK portfolio, and has a lead interest in international property projects worth over £50 million.
From being an unqualified teenager, determination to succeed, a love of the outdoors and a natural flair for teaching others led Steve to an apprenticeship working in outdoor pursuits, where he started to realise his own potential. He moved on a few years later and set up his first business, Ropes Course Developments, which built all the high and low adventure ropes courses for Center Parcs, First Choice Holidays and the RAF in Europe, as well as courses in 12 other countries. Once that was established, he started another business providing management consultancy and development training, servicing a number of well-known blue chip and other high-profile clients including the British Lions, Microsoft and KPMG. Steve had a beautiful house on the south coast, a great social life and two successful businesses, but then, as with most eventually successful entrepreneurial journeys, he hit a major bump in the road.
In the economic fallout that followed the terrorist attacks in America on 11th September 2001, Steve's businesses were all but wiped out, and he was forced to sell his own home to avoid going bankrupt. He credits that period as being “the best worst experience of my life”. In being taken back to virtually nothing, he was shown the power of owning underlying assets. If he had owned his business premises which, over a 7 year period, in a fast-rising property market, would have translated into a substantial asset base, he probably could have ridden out the storm, but his company only rented the buildings. Steve learnt from this fundamental mistake and made sure he rebuilt his fortune on the solid foundation of property. He now helps others ensure they do the same.
Steve has appeared on television, on Sky’s ‘Property Pensions’, ‘Head to Head’ and ‘Property Kings’, and featured in the national press – including the Financial Times and the Institute of Directors Magazine. He regularly contributes to other property, franchise and business start up publications, giving expert opinion and comment, and personal interviews.
Away from his business commitments, Steve is a keen sportsman: he has played tennis at club level and has also been a semi-professional footballer. He enjoys fishing and working on his boat in Poole Harbour, flying helicopters, and always strives to be a better parent and husband. Thanks to the financial freedom he has achieved, he has chosen to take three months off every year since 2004 to spend quality time with his wife and family, travelling the world and helping them to get a varied and balanced education. Steve is also the lead patron of Peace One Day – www.peaceoneday.org – which is dedicated to achieving global ceasefire and non-violence for one day every year, on September 21st, and is ratified by the U.N. He is actively involved in recruiting new patrons and fundraising and sits on the executive board of Patrons.
Steve lives in Bournemouth, on the south coast, with his wife, Lucy, four children – Nathan, Charlie, Ella and Jude. Most weeks he also spends time in London, meeting with potential and existing Platinum Partners.
Steve Bolton is a Property Expert and Buisness Entrepreneur available to hire as a Lifestyle Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, After Dinner Speaker, Awards Host, Presenter or After Dinner Speaker from The Edge Entertainment Agency