Tim Martin (businessman)

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Tim Martin
Born Timothy Randall Martin
(1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 63)
Norwich, England
Residence Exeter, Devon, England
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Occupation Businessman
Known for Founder, Wetherspoon
Title Chairman, Wetherspoon
Spouse(s) Felicity Martin
Children 4

Timothy Randall Martin (born 28 April 1955) is a British businessman, and the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon, a pub chain in the UK and Ireland.

Early life[edit]

Tim Martin was born in Norwich.[1] His father served in the Royal Air Force and then worked for brewing multinational Guinness plc and became Malaysian marketing director. Martin was educated at eleven different schools in New Zealand and then Northern Ireland, including Campbell College in Belfast.[2][3]

He studied law at the University of Nottingham,[2] and qualified as a barrister in 1979, but never practised law.[4]


His early jobs included work on a construction site in Ware,[2] and acting as a sales representative for The Times.[3]

Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon.[1] He bought his first pub, in Muswell Hill, in 1979.[1] His brother Gerry also ran a pub chain, Old Monk, which was listed in 1998 but went out of business in 2002.[4]

In 2005, Martin was voted the fifth most influential person in the UK pub industry.[5] He is an admirer of Sam Walton's business philosophy.[6] He visits at least 15 Wetherspoon outlets each week.[7]

As of 2012, Martin owned 26.6% of the company.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Martin is married to Felicity, whom he met while at university; they have four children, and live in Exeter, Devon.[2][9][4]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Clark. "Interview: Tim Martin, chairman, JD Wetherspoon | Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d The Real Pub Landlord The Observer, 3 March 2002
  3. ^ a b The giant of the pub world The Times, 8 February 2009
  4. ^ a b c Chris Blackhurst (30 January 2005). "Meet Britain's unlikeliest tycoon". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Catering & Hospitality News". Caterer Search. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "UK: BOOKS - The book that shook TIM MARTIN". managementtoday.co.uk. 
  7. ^ "JDW's Tim Martin: Only here for the beer". Retrieved 9 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Neville, Simon (18 May 2012). "JD Wetherspoon boss buys £2.5m of shares". The Guardian. London. 
  9. ^ Hilary Clarke (10 January 1999). "Interview: Barrister who was called to the bar". The Independent. Retrieved 19 June 2017.