Steve Gibson (businessman)

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Steve Gibson
Born (1958-01-09) 9 January 1958 (age 58)
Middlesbrough, England
Occupation Politician
Known for Owner of Middlesbrough Football Club
Net worth Increase£165 million (2012)

Steve Gibson (born 9 January 1958) is a British entrepreneur, politician and the chairman/owner of Middlesbrough Football Club. In 2012, he was 451st on the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated worth of £165 million.[1]


A self-made millionaire, Gibson was born in Middlesbrough and raised in the Park End area of the town. Raised Catholic, he attended local schools, St Pius X Primary and St Mary's College. In 1979, he became Middlesbrough's youngest ever Labour councillor, being elected to represent Park End at age 21.[citation needed] He is the uncle of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson.[2]

Bulkhaul Limited[edit]

In 1981, he founded Bulkhaul Limited, a company dedicated to the global transportation of bulk liquids, powders and gases. He set up the company by borrowing £1,000 from his father. The company operates from a UK base with Bulkhaul centres and offices worldwide. The company covers the principal global routes in European, Atlantic and Pacific regions, using a sophisticated computerised system to track and monitor its tank units in transit around the world and its own fleet of vehicles, both in the UK, and increasingly in Europe. They have done this by building close relationships with most of the world's first class chemical companies. Bulkhaul ceased manufacturing at Teesside, but its main base of operations remains in Middlesbrough.[3]

Gibson is the majority owner of the Gibson O'Neill Company Ltd, the holding company for Bulkhaul with a 75% stake. Michael David O'Neill[who?] holds the remaining 25%. Gibson O'Neill has an annual turnover of £197,692,000, with annual profits of £29,720,000.[4]

Relationship with Middlesbrough F.C.[edit]

Taking control[edit]

Gibson is a lifelong Middlesbrough fan, having attended matches with Chris Kamara at Ayresome Park as a youngster.[5] He joined the board as the club's youngest ever director at the age of 26 while Willie Maddren was manager.[6] He helped save the club from liquidation in by forming a consortium in 1986. In 1993 he bought Scottish & Newcastle's shares in the club,[7] and succeeded Colin Henderson as the club's chairman in 1994,[7] owning roughly 90% of the club.[8]


Gibson saw the club leave Ayresome Park in 1995 for the Riverside Stadium, a brand new all-seater stadium.[9] He also made money available for the purchase of big-name players. Steve's appointment of Bryan Robson as manager in May 1994 helped raise the profile of the club and achieve three Wembley cup final appearances within 12 months during 1997 and 1998.[10] As a result of this investment the club was able to win its first trophy in 128 years, the English League Cup. His tenure as chairman has also seen the club reach the UEFA Cup final, Europe's second biggest club cup competition. Gibson has since stated that his aim for the club is to see it play more regular European football.[11] In 2004, Gibson was given the Freedom of Middlesbrough after the club won the English League Cup.[12]