A lifetime seems like a long time but we can only do so much. As much as ticking off items in our bucket list are fun, we can all agree that at some point we don’t get to scratch all of them and that’s actually okay. But then again, we could also concur that there are people who fall under the category of overachievers. They have the tendency to be multi-hyphenates and such is the case for Tony Bloom.
Anthony Grant Bloom or Tony as his peers would call him was born in the 70s. He grew up in a football loving family. In fact his grandfather Harry was deputy chair to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. His uncle Ray was likewise a member of the board of directors. Their clan would even attend matches at the Goldstone Ground together and they’d go by train to see away games.
He spent his primary education at Lancing College before taking up a degree in mathematics at the Manchester University. By 1993, he was already an options trader at accountancy firm Earnest & Young. Even as early as this time, Tony has always been curious about business and investments. Soon after he left the firm and ventured out on his own. It was a pretty great move as his ventures proved successful, the businesses he set up succeeded and he was able to build his equity.
By 2000, he followed in the family’s footsteps and became a major investor and stockholder to the Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. By this time, he’s already the 3rd generation of the Blooms to be part of the club in a span of 40 years. In May of 2009, he bought out majority share and succeeded Harry Dick Knight as the newest and current chairman.
His first projects were nothing short of sterling. He first sought to end the 12 year run of the Albions without a home after previous chairman sold the Goldstone Ground in a bid to pay debts which eventually proved futile. Construction of the £93 million 30,750 capacity American Express Community Stadium began and was completed in 2011. It was followed by the construction of the fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened in 2014.
Tony Bloom also set up two charities, the Bloom Foundation that helps alleviate poverty through various charitable activities and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation that seeks to assist patients suffering from the condition.