Tom Rubython

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Thomas Anthony John Rubython (born 22 August 1955) is a British author and publisher with an interest in business and motor racing.


Tom Rubython is a well known publisher and was the founder and publisher of Marketeer (weekly), Amusement Business (monthly), LeisureWeek (weekly), BusinessAge (monthly), Sunday Business[1] (weekly), EuroBusiness (monthly), Formula 1 Magazine (monthly), BusinessF1 magazine[2] (monthly), and SportsPro (monthly). He has written nine books, biographies of Ayrton Senna (racing driver),[3][4] Tony O'Reilly (businessman), James Hunt (racing driver),[5][6] Richard Burton (actor),[7] Jesse Livermore (financier),[8][9] and Barry White (singer) and two non-fiction motor racing books called In The Name Of Glory[6] and Fatal Weekend.[10] His book Shunt was the basis for Ron Howard's film Rush.[11] He has also published many yearbooks and annuals including the Leisure Industry Yearbook, the Offshore Finance Annual, the Formula One Annual, and the Formula One Black Book.[citation needed]

Libel suits[edit]

Rubython has interviewed many famous figures over the years from Donald Trump to Tony Blair. He has enjoyed a controversial journalistic career and has reputedly been sued for libel more times than any other British journalist including lawsuits from figures such as Sir Alan Sugar, Tony Ryan, George Walker, Max Mosley, Bernie Ecclestone, Ken Bates,[1] and Kelvin Mackenzie.[1] Most of the lawsuits were later settled, though he lost one to Tony Purnell,[12] he won against Richard Woods.[13]


In 2012 he briefly dabbled in politics and stood for the UK Independence Party in Northampton North at the 2015 General Election, receiving 6,354 votes (16%).[14]


In 1972 Tom received "consensual inappropriate" fellatio from a young woman while he was driving his father's Land Rover, aged 17. He was fined £17 for driving without having proper control of the vehicle.[15]

After that he was a bachelor, until in 2013, at the age of 58, he married his girlfriend of two years, Beverley. He was one of the first people in the UK to clone a dog after his beloved cocker spaniel, Daisy died in 2016. Famously he hid the fact from his wife until the two new spaniels, cloned from Daisy, arrived at Heathrow from Seoul in 2017.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile; The man who would be a mogul". The Independent. 18 February 1996. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Rubython faces another libel writ". Press Gazette. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  3. ^ Harden, Oliver. "Monaco Grand Prix: Reliving Ayrton Senna's 1988 Qualifying and Race". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  4. ^ "The day I grabbed Senna by the throat". NewsComAu. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  5. ^ "James Hunt Bedded 33 Flight Attendants In Two Weeks". Jalopnik. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b Lane, Anthony (23 September 2013). "Fast Moves". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Star Burton's 'risky womanising'". 16 May 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ DePorre, James "Rev Shark" (19 June 2016). "Should You Trade Like the Late Jesse Livermore?". RealMoney. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  9. ^ Hansen, Matthew (27 October 2015). "Hansen: Tale of Omaha's 'black widow' is too tempting to not investigate". Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  10. ^ "The Myrtle Press | the Team".
  11. ^ Milliot, Jim (11 October 2013). "Tantor Media: More than Audio". Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Purnell wins ruling against Business F1 and Tom Rubython". Pitpass. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Jury backs Rubython in action against FIA man". Press Gazette. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Northampton North parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". 11 May 2015. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  15. ^ Rubython, Tom. "The Nakita Mazepin Incident". BusinessF1 (via Twitter). Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  16. ^ "The murky moral dilemma of dog cloning". Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  17. ^ Duncan, David Ewing (7 August 2018). "Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 21 November 2019.