Peter Cooper (journalist)

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Peter Cooper (born August 1960, Salisbury, England) is a British businessman, journalist and author living in Dubai. Cooper was a partner in the successful dot-com publisher sold to Emap plc in 2006, though his unsuccessful financial newsletter and website closed in 2015.


Cooper's long career in journalism started as the editor of his school magazine, the Old Wordsworthian. Later, Cooper worked in London for 11 years as a financial journalist on business titles including New Civil Engineer, Building and Construction News. He was twice IBP Business/Financial Journalist of the Year - securing a global scoop for the largest privatization in history, Russian real estate - and runner up for the BPA Newsletter Editor of the Year.

In 1996, Cooper left for Dubai to become the launch editor for Gulf Business magazine of Motivate Publishing. He returned briefly in 1999 only to write his first book Building Relationships, The History of Bovis 1885-2000 whose chairman—the late Sir Frank Lampl a concentration camp survivor—Cooper greatly respected and later came to know as a friend.

On a round-the-world trip in late 1999 he noted the success of a financial website in Australia and came back to Dubai to promote the idea. This became a news and business information website that attracted HSBC Private Equity Middle East as a significant shareholder in March 2005. In July 2006 the website was wholly acquired by Emap plc for a total of $27 million.[1]

Cooper launched his financial comment website in 2010 and the pioneering investment newsletter ArabianMoney. Both closed in 2015 as he wrongly judged the business dynamics of the Internet. In 2008 he published his second book Opportunity Dubai, and his third Dubai Sabbatical in 2010.

However, his other investments since the global financial crisis have been more successful, and his confidence in Dubai's recovery rewarded. Those who took this advice from his early ArabianMoney newsletters have also done well.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper attended Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury, whose alumni include the actor Ralph Fiennes, who worked at one time in his brother-in-law's ice cream shop. After completing his 'A' levels at Bishop's, Cooper went on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Trinity College, Oxford University. Cooper was chairman of the Oxford Student Liberal Society during the same term that William Hague was president of the Oxford University Conservative Association; Cooper had also met Vladimir Putin in Moscow on a student exchange visit. In France, Cooper studied the French language in Tours and La Rochelle before becoming an administrative trainee in the Development Department of the European Commission in Brussels.



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