Simon Dolan

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Simon Dolan
Born (1969-05-20) May 20, 1969 (age 45)
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Twitter investor
Net worth £100 million (Based on Sunday Times Rich List 2011)[1]

Simon Dolan (born 20 May 1969[2]) is a British businessman and entrepreneur who is involved in financial industries, as well as an interest in the aviation and motoring industries. Dolan's business include SJD Accountancy, Contractor Umbrella, Jota Aviation and Jota Sport.[3]

Businesses and investments[edit]

Dolan's business philosophy involves a lack of fashionable management techniques and instead focuses on employing people with a "special spark".[4] His first major business was SJD Accountancy, which was among the first accounting firms to offer a money back guarantee.[5] It is the only accounting firm in the UK top 100 owned by an individual rather than a partnership.[6]

Dolan began investing in new start-up companies via Twitter in 2010, initially offering a £5 million investment pot for successful business pitches on the social networking site, earning himself the nickname "Twitter Dragon".[6][7] Dolan's investments via Twitter have included She Who Dares,[8] Global Moguls,[9] and mental health magazine Uncovered.[10] Dolan was a judge for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.[11]

Motor racing career[edit]

Dolan’s interest in motor racing began in March 2007 before creating his own racing team, Jota Sport, in 2008. In 2010 Jota Sport signed a multi-year agreement to become an Aston Martin official partner team in motorsports.[12] Jota initially competed in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage at the 2010 24 Hours of Spa where the team won their class.[13] Dolan and co-driver Sam Hancock participated in the VdeV series with a best finish of third at Circuit Paul Ricard. Dolan made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2011 United Kingdom Jota United Kingdom Sam Hancock
United Kingdom Chris Buncombe
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GTE
Pro
74 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Jota United Kingdom Sam Hancock
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 271 DNF DNF
2013 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
Germany Lucas Luhr
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 319 13th 7th
2014 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 356 5th 1st

Publications[edit]

How To Make Millions Without A Degree: And How to Get by Even If You Have One is Simon Dolan's autobiography.[14] It tells the story of how he built his £70 million empire after leaving school at 15.[15] In the book, Dolan offers advice to business owners and those considering starting their own business instead of going to University.[16][17]

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