Tim Martin (businessman)

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Tim Martin
Born Timothy Randall Martin
(1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 61)
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Occupation Businessman

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

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2] He studied law at the University of Nottingham.[1]


His early jobs included work on a construction site in Ware,[1] and acting as a sales representative for The Times.[2]

Martin is the founder and chairman of Wetherspoons. In 2005, he was voted the fifth most influential person in the UK pub industry.[3] He is an admirer of Sam Walton's business philosophy.[4] He makes numerous visits to Wetherspoon's outlets to talk to staff, his favourite ale being Greene King Abbot.[5]

Martin retains an approximately 25 per cent stake in the company.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7] He is married with four children.[1] Martin is a Eurosceptic and has been convinced for many years that the euro will collapse,[8] and supported Britain's withdrawal from the European Union in the 2016 European Union membership referendum.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d The Real Pub Landlord The Observer, 3 March 2002
  2. ^ a b The giant of the pub world The Times, 8 February 2009
  3. ^ "Catering & Hospitality News". Caterer Search. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ The Book that Shook Tim Martin
  5. ^ "Pub News & Pub Property Search for the UK pub trade". MorningAdvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Neville, Simon (18 May 2012). "JD Wetherspoon boss buys £2.5m of shares". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ "The giant of the pub world". The Times. London. 8 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Clark, Andrew (5 January 2002). "Single minded: yes. Single currency: no way". The Guardian. London. 
  9. ^ "250 business leaders back vote leave as new poll shows EU stops entrepreneurs creating jobs". Vote Leave. Retrieved 26 March 2016.