Johan Eliasch

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Johan Eliasch
Srečanje s predsednikom Mednarodne smučarske zveze - 21. 2. 2023 (52702685951) (cropped).jpg
Eliasch in 2023
BornFebruary 1962 (age 61)
Djursholm, Sweden
Alma materStockholm University
Royal Institute of Technology
Occupation(s)Industrialist, Financier and Environmentalist
TitlePresident, International Ski Federation (FIS)
PredecessorGian-Franco Kasper
Board member ofEquity Partners (Chairman)
London Films (Chairman)
Saatchi Gallery (Chairman)
Cool Earth (Chairman)
Global Strategy Forum (President)
(m. 1988; div. 2006)

Johan Eliasch (born February 1962) is a Swedish-British businessman, investor, and environmentalist.[1] He was the chief executive of Head, a sporting goods company, from 1995 to 2021, and is now its chairman. In 2006, he co-founded Cool Earth, a charity dedicated to rainforest conservation.[2] Under Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Eliasch served as the Prime Minister's special representative for deforestation and clean energy.[3] Since June 2021, he is the president of the International Ski Federation (FIS).[4]

Early life

Johan Eliasch was born in February 1962,[5] in Djursholm, Sweden.[6] He is the grandson of G. A. Svensson, a leading Swedish industrialist.[7] He graduated in Stockholm with a Master of Science from the Royal Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stockholm University. Eliasch served in a specialist unit at the Life-Guard Dragoons, K1, Stockholm, Sweden (1980-81.)[8]

He was married to Amanda Eliasch, a photographer and filmmaker, from 1988 to 2006; they have two sons.[9] Their son Charles Eliasch is an opera singer.[10]


Eliasch began his career in turning around companies in 1985, when he joined the London-based private equity firm Tufton Group.[7] In 1991, he established his own private investment group, Equity Partners.[7]

In 1995, Eliasch took over Head Tyrolia Mares,[7] the sporting goods company now known as Head; he was the Chief Executive Officer of Head from 1995 to 2021.[11]

He is chairman of Equity Partners,[7] and on the board of directors of Aman Resorts[12] and Longleat.[8] He is the chairman of the Saatchi Gallery.[13]

He was a board member of IMG, the British Paralympic Association, Pitch@Palace Global,[14] advisory board member of the Shimon Peres Peace Centre, World Peace Foundation, the Centre for Social Justice, Societe du Louvre and the British Olympic Association, a member of the Mayor of London’s (Boris Johnson), Jerusalem’s and Rome’s International Business Advisory Councils.[8] He was chairman of Starr Managing Agents, Investcorp Europe[15] and the Aman Resorts Group.[16] He was a director of London Films Productions Limited from August 2016 to January 2017.[17]

The Sunday Times Rich List puts him in number 50 of UK's richest in 2022 with a net worth estimated at £3.6 billion.[18]

Environmental causes

In 2005, Eliasch created the Rainforest Trust and purchased for preservation purposes a 400,000-acre (1,600 km2) rainforest area in the heart of the Amazon rainforest near the Madeira River.[19] He then reportedly closed down the rainforest logging operations in that area.[20]

In 2006, he co-founded Cool Earth,[21] a charity he co-chairs, which sponsors local NGOs to conserve endangered rainforest and has over 120,000 registered members.

In 2007 he was commissioned by HM Government to undertake an independent review on the role of international finance mechanisms to preserve the global forests in tackling climate change, The Eliasch Review, which was launched in October 2008.[22][23] The Eliasch Review has served as a guideline for REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) as part of the international climate change convention.[24]

Eliasch is currently a director of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, a non-profit, international organisation,[25] and an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, Brasilinvest.[8][26] He is an advisory board member of the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative[27] and previously served on the International Advisory Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.[28]

He chaired the 2021-22 HM Treasury net zero review technology and innovation advisory group,[15][29] RUSI’s Food, Energy and Water security program, and was a member of the DEFRA Council for Sustainable Business.[15]


In June 2008, the Brazilian and international media reported that the company Gethal, owned by Eliasch, had been issued a fine of R$450 million for alleged illegal deforestation in the Amazon region by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources).[30][31] The investigation ended in 2013, Eliasch was not fined, and the case was dropped.[32] In a press release note, Gethal stated that “the logging activity of Gethal Amazonas S/A had been out under the Forest Steward Council (FSC) guidelines, a certification that was obtained in 2000. The company was one of the first companies in Brazil to obtain such a certification”.[33][non-primary source needed]

Political Activity

Eliasch served in different roles in the Conservative Party between 1999 and 2007: as Deputy Treasurer[34] and Advisor to the Leaders of the Opposition,[35] Shadow Foreign Relations, and European Affairs.[15] He was appointed as special representative of then Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown on deforestation and clean energy.[36] Eliasch was a member of the Austrian president's delegation of State for Trade and Industry (1996-2006). He was chairman of the Young Conservatives Party in Djursholm, Sweden, from 1979–1982.[35]

In 2006, Eliasch co-founded the Global Strategy Forum with Rt Hon Michael Ancram,[37] and became the foundation's first president.[38]

International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS)

In June 2021, Eliasch was elected as president of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) at the 52nd International Ski Congress, succeeding Gian-Franco Kasper, who had run the organisation for 23 years.[39] Eliasch stepped down as CEO of Head after his election.[11]

At the 53rd International Ski Congress in May 2022, Eliasch ran unopposed and was re-elected as FIS president through 2026 but some delegates called the elections undemocratic as it was not possible to vote against him; as a result 15 national associations walked out during his election and 40% of the delegates abstained.[40][41][better source needed]


  1. ^ Eliasch, Johan. "About". Johan Eliasch. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Cool Earth". Cool Earth. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Climate Change: The Next Global Security Threat". Brookings. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  4. ^ "FIS Presidents". Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Johan ELIASCH - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  6. ^ Opitz, Caspar (10 May 2006). "Svensk räddar skog för 100 miljoner". DN.SE. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Wherry, Rob (20 March 2000). "Head's up". Forbes. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d "Johan Eliasch". Centre for Policy Research. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  9. ^ "All Tamara's parties". the Guardian. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  10. ^ "20-Year-Old Charles Eliasch Makes His Opera Debut at Carnegie Hall". HuffPost. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  11. ^ a b Houston, Michael (14 June 2021). "New FIS President Eliasch steps down as chief executive of HEAD". Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  12. ^ Rizzo, Lillian (14 March 2016). "Aman Resorts Owner Doronin Scores Legal Wins in Long-Running Dispute". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Big Changes at Britain's Saatchi Gallery, as Visitor Numbers Slide". The New York Times. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  14. ^ Brown, Steven (23 January 2021). "Andrew crisis: Duke's beloved project in turmoil as backer quits".
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  16. ^ "Johan Eliasch has been appointed Chairman at Aman Group". Hospitality Net.
  17. ^ "LONDON FILM PRODUCTIONS LIMITED people - Find and update company information - GOV.UK".
  18. ^ "The Sunday Times Rich List 2022". Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  19. ^ Chittenden, Maurice (13 September 2006). "It's my rainforest now. No logging". The Sunday Times.
  20. ^ "The Man Who Bought a Forest". The Guardian. 4 April 2006.
  21. ^ O’Neill, Sean (7 September 2007). "Green campaigner and businessman who despaired of ineffective politics". The Times. p. T7. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  22. ^ Peel, Lilly (16 October 2008). "Business big shot". The Times. London. p. T43. Factiva T000000020081016e4ag0003r. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  23. ^ "Eliasch Review on International deforestation published |".
  24. ^ Hayden, Lisa, ed. (2010). Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD): A Casebook of On-the-Ground Experience. Arlington, Virginia: The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and Wildlife Conservation Society.
  25. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  26. ^ "The Brasilinvest Group, created in 1975 by the businessman Mario Garnero, is the first private development agency installed in Brazil (...)", Brazilivest[permanent dead link]
  27. ^ "Advisory Board - Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative".
  28. ^ "International advisory board".
  29. ^ Net Zero Review Analysis exploring the key issues (PDF). UK: HM Treasury. 2021. p. 128. ISBN 9781911686316.
  30. ^ "Johan Eliasch, Gordon Brown consultant, fined for illegal Amazon logging". 7 June 2008. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  31. ^ "Ibama multa madeireira de milionário sueco em R$ 450 mi no Amazonas - 06/06/2008 - Poder". Folha de S.Paulo (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  32. ^ "Fairness bei BLICK". Blick (in German). 9 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  33. ^ "Em nota, madeireira Gethal nega práticas ilegais na Amazônia - 07/06/2008 - Últimas Notícias". Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  34. ^ "Conservative deputy treasurer quits". Reuters. 3 September 2007.
  35. ^ a b "Johan Eliasch Political activity".
  36. ^ "A valuable collection of talents". the Guardian. 7 September 2007.
  37. ^ "About Global Strategy Forum | Global Strategy Forum".
  38. ^ "Staff & Advisory Board member Biographies". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  39. ^ "Johan Eliasch". Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  41. ^ "Walk-outs from major ski countries as Eliasch re-elected FIS President and Putin-supporter Vyalbe voted off Council". Retrieved 27 May 2022.

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