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Tom Singh
BornAugust 1949 (age 74)
Punjab, India
EducationWellington School
Alma materUniversity of Wales, Aberystwyth
Known forFounder of New Look
SpouseKuljit Singh
RelativesSimon Singh (brother)
Anita Anand (journalist) (sister-in-law)

Tom Singh OBE (born August 1949) is the founder of the New Look, a chain of high street fashion stores in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Singh was born into a Punjabi Sikh family,[1] who emigrated from the Punjab to England in the late 1940s when he was a baby.[2] He was educated at Wellington School.[3] He earned a degree in international politics and geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.[1][4][5]


In 1969, Singh founded the UK fashion retail chain New Look in Taunton, Somerset, starting with a loan from his parents of £5,000.[6][7]

In 2019, his net worth was estimated at £340 million by The Sunday Times Rich List.[8]

In June 2019, Singh announced his departure from New Look.[9]

In 2020, Singh invested in Love the Sales, an online marketplace for discounted clothes.[10]


He was appointed an OBE in the New Year's Honours List December 2006.[11]


He is also the principal of Rianta Philanthropy, an India-focused impact investing fund that operates the Artha Platform, an investor network.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Kuljit Singh.[7] They live in Weymouth, Dorset.[4][13] He is the eldest brother of author and broadcaster Simon Singh.


  1. ^ a b Leroux, Marcus (13 February 2011). "Bigshot of the week". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ "New Look's Tom Singh honoured with an OBE". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ "From Wellington market stall to £385million - the incredible rise of Tom Singh". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Britain's Bollygarchs". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Tom Singh – Magenta Partners". 21 April 2018. Archived from the original on 21 April 2018.
  6. ^ Moulds, Josephine (7 May 2007). "Top 20 Richest Asians". Retrieved 3 July 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  7. ^ a b "New Look founder Singh to bag £200m - Times of India". The Times of India. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  8. ^ Times, The Sunday (12 May 2019). "Rich List 2019: profiles 351-399=, featuring the Queen, Elton John and David Beckham". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  9. ^ "New Look founder Tom Singh departs - Retail Gazette". www.retailgazette.co.uk. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  10. ^ "New Look founder Tom Singh backs Love the Sales website". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Rod and Zara top New Year Honours". BBC News website. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  12. ^ Vishy Kuruganti (28 May 2013). "Artha Platform, closed social enterprise version of Angel List, announces Challenge".
  13. ^ Cleland, Gary (8 October 2007). "New Look heir dies in car crash". Retrieved 3 July 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.