Hugh Osmond

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Hugh Edward Mark Osmond (born 1962) is the founder of Punch Taverns, one of the United Kingdom's largest chains of public houses.


Educated at Merton College, Oxford[1] where he read Medicine,[2] Hugh Osmond went to America in 1983 and worked in clubs for a while.[3] He then joined a small investment bank in Madrid.[3] Returning to the UK he worked with Luke Johnson to launch the flotation of PizzaExpress in 1993.[4] In 1997 he founded Punch Taverns which is now one of the United Kingdom's largest chains of public houses: he was Chairman of Punch Taverns from 1997 to 2001.[4] In 2002 he became a leading partner in Sun Capital Partners:[5] that vehicle secured a major investment in Pearl Group in 2005.[6]

Hugh Osmond is a significant donor to the Conservative Party.[7]


  1. ^ "Business Profiles: Head to head". The Daily Telegraph (London). 8 March 2003. 
  2. ^ Bowers, Simon (8 March 2003). "Taking on the inn crowd". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ a b "Me And My Partner: ROGER MYERS AND HUGH OSMOND". The Independent (London). 4 August 1999. 
  4. ^ a b Pearl Group: Board
  5. ^ Bennett, Neil (27 January 2002). "Rising of Sun is new dawn for Osmond". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  6. ^ "AMP wins as UK spin-off sells life funds for $2.6bn". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 December 2004. 
  7. ^ Kirkup, James (19 February 2009). "Tory donor Hugh Osmond criticises David Cameron on bank bonuses". The Daily Telegraph (London).