13 January 1969 |
England, United Kingdom
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Alma mater||University of Western Ontario|
|Known for||Co-founding Lion Capital|
|Children||1 daughter, 1 son|
Lea was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. His mother was a hairdresser and his father was an engineer who loved travel . Lea spent his childhood growing up in South Africa, Botswana and Canada, where he became a citizen. In 1990, after graduating in business administration from the University of Western Ontario, his career started in the mergers and acquisitions department of Goldman Sachs in New York. He returned to London in 1992 and, after a brief spell in the investment-banking division of Schroders, he was recruited with current Lion partner, Neil Richardson, to start the European affiliate (Glenisla) of industry giant Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. In 1998 he was spotted by Hicks Muse and brought in to launch their new European business. In 2004, gained prominence by separating the business he ran from its ailing American parent, Hicks Muse, into one of the best-known firms in the investment business.
Lea's career has been marked by many successful and diverse company holdings including:
- Acquired a majority stake in John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc.;
- Acquired 76% of AllSaints Spitalfields in 2011 for £105 million;
- Sold Jimmy Choo in 2007 for £185 million;
- Invested $80 million in American Apparel in 2009
- Purchased Bumble Bee Foods for $980 million in 2011
- Purchased Picard in 2010 for €1.5 billion
- Sold Kettle Chips in 2010 for $615 million
- Sold Orangina Schweppes for €2.6 billion in 2009
- Acquired Findus and Young’s in 2008 for £1.1 billion
- Sold Wagamama in 2011 for £215 million
- Bought Weetabix in 2004 for £640 million
- Sold Champagne Mumm & Perrier-Jouet in 2001 to Allied Domecq
- ghd (good hair day) in 2013 for £300 million
Lea owns a polo ranch in Santa Barbara, California where he has reportedly hosted several lavish summer parties at his Californian beach house which have included entertainment from acts such as Cirque du Soleil and beautiful women. Lea's company, Lion Capital, has raised approximately €4 billion of investor capital since inception in 2004. In addition to his glamourous personal life, he is known for his hands-on investing style and . His leveraged buy outs and high profile rescues of fashion companies have made him a staple of the UK and New York press.
In July 2011 Lea's team Zacara won the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, at Cowdray Park, West Sussex. In April 2012, Lea's team also won the U.S. Open Polo Championship. In 2013, Lea's team again won the U.S. Open Championships, making it back-to-back victories. This was followed later in 2013 by an undefeated sweep of the UK season in which Lea's team won the Queen's Cup and again won the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Championship.
- The painted ladies of a polo king The Daily Mail. 2 September 2008
- http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/lyndon-lea Companies related to Lyndon Lea
- Lyndon Lea: High stress and sleepless nights for the financier who snapped up Weetabix The Independent By Damian Reece Saturday, 7 February 2004
- British Lion plays patient game in the hunt for private equity prey The Times By Tom Bawden July/2005
- Lion Capital LLP to Acquire Majority Ownership Interest in John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc. VF Corporation. 8 May 2012.
- All Saints bought by Lion Capital and Goode Partners for £105m The Telegraph, 2011-05-06
- Jimmy Choo sells for £185m Financial Times, 2007-02-03
- American Apparel Sells Stake to Lion Capital WWD.com
- Lion Capital Taps JPMorgan Chase for $980 Million Bumble Bee Foods Buyout Bloomberg, 2010-11-05
- BC Partners agrees sale of Picard Surgeles Financial Times, 2010-07-26
- Lion Capital signs agreement to sell Kettle Foods LionCapital.com
- Suntory agrees to buy Orangina for €2.6bn Financial Times, 2009-09-27
- Wagamama set for £215m sale to Duke Street Capital The Telegraph, 2011-03-09
- Mumm and Perrier-Jouet fill final Allied Domecq gap The Grocer, 2000-12-16
- "Lion Capital styles deal for ghd".
- Wild Lion FT.com
- The Lion king of private equity takes pride in his work The Telegraph, 2008-07-27
- Lyndon Lea's Zacara win the US Open. Polo Times. 23 April 2012.
- "Lyndon Lea’s Zacara Wins Back-to-Back US Open Championships". Polistas.
- "Facundo Pieres Shines, Zacara wins Queen’s Cup". Polo Blogs.
- Lyndon Lea Lion Capital Bio