Tim Martin (businessman)
|Born||Timothy Randall Martin
28 April 1955
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
Timothy Randall Martin (born 28 April 1955) is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoons, a pub chain in the UK and Ireland.
Martin's father worked for brewing multinational Guinness plc and became Malaysian marketing director. Martin was educated at eleven different schools in Northern Ireland and New Zealand including Campbell College in Belfast. He studied law at the University of Nottingham.
Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoons. In 2005, he was voted the fifth most influential person in the UK pub industry. He is an admirer of Sam Walton's business philosophy. He makes numerous visits to Wetherspoon's outlets to talk to staff, his favourite ale being Greene King Abbot.
Martin retains an approximately 25 per cent stake in the company.
Standing 6 feet and 6 inches (198 cm), he has been described as the "giant of the British pub industry", and was also once known for sporting a mullet haircut. He is married with four children. Martin is a Eurosceptic and has been convinced for many years that the euro will collapse, and supported Britain's withdrawal from the European Union in the 2016 European Union membership referendum.
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