James Palumbo, Baron Palumbo of Southwark
|The Lord Palumbo of Southwark|
|Member of the House of Lords|
2 October 2013
6 June 1963 |
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Author, Peer|
|Net worth||£300 million (Est. 2015)|
James "Jamie" Rudolph Palumbo, Baron Palumbo of Southwark (London, 6 June 1963) is a British entrepreneur, author and life peer. He was listed in the Sunday Times Rich List 2015 in 340th place with an estimated fortune of £300 million. The eldest son of property developer Peter Palumbo, Baron Palumbo, Jamie was born in London and educated at Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford.
Ministry of Sound
In September 1991 Palumbo, together with his school friend Humphrey Waterhouse and DJ Justin Berkmann, founded the Ministry of Sound nightclub in South London. Initially Palumbo lost control of the club to drug dealers, and a fight to regain control ensued.
Ministry of Sound has expanded into a number of areas including recorded music, live events, digital media and merchandise. Ministry of Sound Recordings has sold over 55 million albums and is the largest independent music company in the world. In 2001 Palumbo sold 16% of the business to 3i for £24 million.
In 1994 he launched legal proceedings against his father with his sister, Annabella Adams, claiming his father had mismanaged the family trust, subsequently his father resigned as a trustee. In 2010 new proceedings were launched relating to another family trust,  his father also resigned from this trust and paid legal fees.
His debut novel about corruption in the modern world, Tomas, was published in 2009. Stephen Fry called the novel "remarkable... It's as if Thomas Pynchon and Burroughs and Vonnegut got together and had a bastard love child."
Titles and styles
- James Rudolph Palumbo (6 June 1963 - 4 February 1999)
- Honourable James Rudolph Palumbo (4 February 1999 - 2 October 2013)
- Right Honourable Lord Palumbo of Southwark (2 October 2013)
- The Sunday Times Rich List 2015. The Sunday Times
- Wynne-Jones, Ros (2 November 1997). "The Man From the Ministry". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- Bell, Matthew (9 August 2009). "James Palumbo: There's only money, sex; and music and mellowing". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- How I risked my life kicking the drug gangs out of my club, by Ministry of Sound boss James Palumbo
- Club class: 20 years of the Ministry of Sound, independent.co.uk; accessed 26 September 2014.
- Kelsey, Tim (11 April 1994). "Lord Palumbo accused of benefiting from trust". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- Kate Rankine, ‘Daily Telegraph’, 13 September 2003, Business profile: Chairman with a passion for needlework
- Michael Seamark, ‘Daily Mail’, 28 July 2010, Lord Palumbo in fresh court row with children over “missing art worth £2m”
- Palumbo the Younger ready to make peace over a cuppa
- The London Gazette: . 4 October 2013.
- "Tomas", Quartet Books. Retrieved 20 May 2014.