Steve Morgan (businessman)
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|Born||Stephen Peter Morgan
25 November 1952 (age 63)
Garston, Liverpool, England
|Years active||Since 1974|
|Known for||Owner of
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
|Home town||Garston, Liverpool, England|
|Net worth||£880 million (2016)|
|Title||Founder and chairman of Redrow|
|Predecessor||Sir Jack Hayward OBE|
Training as a site engineer, in 1974 Morgan borrowed £5,000 from his father to buy his then employers, Wellington Civil Engineering, which was on the verge of going out of business. He developed this company into the builder Redrow plc. Under his chairmanship, Redrow was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1994, ultimately becoming a FTSE 250 Company.
In 1992, Morgan was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the construction industry. He is a fellow of the Institute of Builders, and holds honorary fellowships at Cardiff University, Liverpool John Moores University, Glyndŵr University., Wolverhampton University,
In November 2000, after 26 years, Morgan stepped down as Redrow chairman, although his company, Bridgemere, remained one of its largest shareholders. In 2001 Morgan founded Brownfield specialist company Harrow Estates plc. He eventually rejoined the Redrow board in March 2009 as deputy chairman and chairman-designate after having rebuilt his stake in the company.
In 2001 Morgan founded The Morgan Foundation, which has awarded nearly £12m to over 350 charities across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. Its aim is to make a difference to those organisations and charities who work directly with children, families, disadvantaged, elderly and disabled within the remit area.
A shareholder at the club, Morgan attempted several times to take full control, most notably when he made an offer in 2004 which valued the club at £61m. This was rejected, as the board felt that the offer undervalued the club. When Liverpool eventually was sold to Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2007, the reported value was in excess of £170m.
In October 2013 he was criticised for inviting former Merseyside Chief Constable Norman Bettison as his guest in the directors' box at a Wolves away match. Bettison is a controversial figure in Merseyside for his role in connection with the Hillsborough football disaster in 1989. Wolves responded on its official Twitter account, saying "The story is that Sir Norman Bettison attended the Bradford City game in the same way he has attended many Wolves games in the past. Steve Morgan and Sir Norman Bettison have known each other for many years. Everyone connected with the club has the utmost sympathy and respect for the victims of Hillsborough and their families."
In 2007 an opportunity arose to purchase Wolverhampton Wanderers, a club which he had previously regarded as his "second club". In a unique deal Morgan agreed to buy the Club from Sir Jack Hayward for a token fee of £10 on condition he invested £30 million in the Midlands club.  The takeover was formally completed on 9 August 2007 when Morgan became Chairman of the club. On handover, Sir Jack Hayward stated that Morgan "had had a heart transplant – from Liverpool to Wolverhampton." In May 2009 Wolves were promoted, as champions, from the Championship to the Premier League, but were relegated back to the Championship in May 2012 after three seasons in the Premier League. After suffering a second successive relegation in the 2012–13 season, Wolves played in League One in the 2013–14 season and finished as champions, returning to the Championship.
On 28 September 2015, Morgan stepped down from the board with immediate effect and announced the club was for sale.
Morgan, who resides in Cheshire, has been married twice and has five children.
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