Tim Martin (businessman)

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Timothy Randall Martin, the founder and chairman of Wetherspoons, was born on 28 April 1955, in Northern Ireland.

Martin was educated at eleven different schools in Northern Ireland and New Zealand including Campbell College in Belfast.[1][2] He studied law at the University of Nottingham.[1] His early jobs included work on a construction site in Ware,[1] and acting as a sales representative for The Times.[2] In 2005, he was voted the fifth most influential person in the UK pub industry.[3] Martin is a Eurosceptic and has been convinced for many years that the Euro will collapse.[4] He is an admirer of Sam Walton's business philosophy.[5] He makes numerous visits to Wetherspoon's outlets, his favourite ale being Greene King Abbot.[6]

Standing 6 feet and 6 inches (198 cm) he has been described as the "giant of the British pub industry", and is also known for sporting a mullet haircut.[7] He is married with four children.[1]

Martin retains an approximately 25% stake in the company.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d The Real Pub Landlord The Observer, 3 March 2002
  2. ^ a b The giant of the pub world The Times, 8 February 2009
  3. ^ "Catering & Hospitality News". Caterer Search. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Clark, Andrew (5 January 2002). "Single minded: yes. Single currency: no way". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ The Book that Shook Tim Martin
  6. ^ "Pub News & Pub Property Search for the UK pub trade". MorningAdvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "The giant of the pub world". The Times (London). 8 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Neville, Simon (18 May 2012). "JD Wetherspoon boss buys £2.5m of shares". The Guardian (London).