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5 Myths About Tony Bloom

Tony bloom lifeRenowned business magnate and chairman to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., Tony Bloom has become a household name over the years. In fact, we could consider him a celebrity by now. He’s earned it. But despite his success, not much is publicly known about his personal life.

That said people have come to create ideas about him. Let’s see the hits and misses as we list down and dissect the following myths about the man.

1st Myth: “He’s very meek.”

Unlike his predecessors such as Harry Dick Knight, Tony Bloom was a man of a few words. He would often give short speeches and was not one to appear in front of the cameras often. Because of this, many consider him to be meek and submissive. Contrary to this myth, Tony is quite the risk taker. In fact, his success and wealth began as he ventured into investments, something that requires a lot of gamble, leaving the corporate world in 1993. A man of a few words? Yes. But meek? Not so.

2nd Myth: “His idea of football is business.”

Because of his entrepreneurial and investment roots, many think that Tony got into the world of football for business reasons. But the truth of the matter is he did so because of sheer passion. Born as Anthony Grant Bloom in 1970, he grew up in a family of football aficionados. They were also massive fans of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. Growing up, Tony would attend matches at the Goldstone Ground with his father, uncle, brother and grandpa. Basically, he grew up loving it and entering the scene as investor first and eventually the club’s chairman was more of a childhood dream come true than a business move.

3rd Myth: “He inherited the chairmanship.”

Tony Bloom is the 3rd generation from his family to have been on board with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. with his grandpa Harry as vice-chair in the 70s and his uncle Ray as director in the 80s. It’s been 40 years with at least one of the Blooms in the club but he did not inherit any of it. After his successes with his various investment ventures, Tony decided to enter the scene by becoming one of the major stockholders back in 2000. But it wasn’t until May 2009 when he bought out and got majority share and finally became its latest and current chairman. Ever since, the Albions were in good hands. The American Express Community Stadium and American Express Elite Football Performance Centre were all his initiatives and were even partly backed from his own pocket.

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Tony Bloom and His Advocacy Against Poverty

tony bloom charitableThe dictionary describes poverty as the state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing. A great majority of the world’s population, 80% to be exact, lives on $10 or less a day. The disparity between the rich and the poor is widening more than ever with 40% of the population accounting only to 5% of global income while the rich enjoys a whopping 75%. What makes poverty a global catastrophe is that it catapults into various other social issues like hunger, sickness, lack of education and unemployment among others. This is what Tony Bloom and his foundation fights against.

Tony was born and grew up in the seaside resort town of Brighton in England to a well to-do family. He was sent to elite institutions and has worked in one of the country’s biggest names in accounting. Plus, he’s also the well-celebrated chairman of the Brighton and Hove Albion football club. Despite his upbringing and many successes, Tony has always had a hand when it comes to helping people and fighting poverty. Such was his fervency that in 2011 he spearheaded and founded the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust. Later on, it was then called the Bloom Foundation.

The charity’s main objective is to fight poverty and end it or at least relieve its effects not only in UK and the rest of Europe but also in the developing countries of Africa and Asia. Together with his fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester, they offer and make grants to causes, projects and other organizations that serve the same objectives.

The Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects reads as follows, “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

The foundation generates income for its charitable undertakings through voluntary pledges and donations and investments and operates its offices in London. In 2015 alone, Tony Bloom and the foundation has generated £3.1 million worth of income, £1.9 million of which were spent on charitable activities, governance and investment management of the same period with the remainder retained for future projects and grants.

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Tony Bloom and His Continuous Fight Against Poverty

tony-bloom-charitable-trustTony Bloom, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s esteemed chairman, does more than just build stadiums and training centers in the likes of the 30,750-seater American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. He’s also a fervent philanthropist and actively fights poverty not only in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe but also in the developing countries of Asia and Africa.

In 2011, he set up the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” which was later on renamed and recognized as “The Bloom Foundation” in a bid to find a systematic and organized means to relieve poverty and its effects and end it for good. The organization focuses on assigning and giving grants to causes, institutions and ventures that serve similar objectives: fighting poverty and its effects.

As per UNICEF’s records, nearly 22,000 children die each day due to hunger and poverty. More than three billion of the world’s entire population suffers from it, living off on less than £2.00 a day with others under extreme conditions of living on less than a £1.00 per day.

Among the many areas that the charity focuses, it has placed massive efforts in areas that concern health, education and training, livelihood and employment, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide and community development among many others.

In fact, the Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects read that it aims to work on “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

With fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester, Tony Bloom and his foundation runs its office in London. In March of 2015, it has reported voluntary pledges, donations and investments that totaled £3.1 million and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. Of its total resources, 61% was allotted for charitable activities, 38% were retained for future grants and projects and 1% on governance and income generation activities.

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A Little Peek into Tony Bloom’s Pre-Brighton and Hove Albion Life

brighton_hove_albion_Tony Bloom is popularly known as the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s current and esteemed chairman. He is renowned for having forked out £93 million for the construction of the Albion’s new home, the American Express Community Stadium or Amex and previously the Falmer Stadium. This was after the club’s previous home was sold out by the preceding board of directors to pay out debt and meet its growing expenses so the project was not only a treat, it was a massive gift come Christmas morning.

But before Tony became such a name in the football world, what was he like? Who was the boy that came to be the Albion’s father figure?

Born in the seaside resort town of Brighton in 1970, he was born as Anthony Grant Bloom. His grandfather Harry was already associated to the club then as its vice-chairman, a post he held for seven years. It was also during this time that the Albions Seagulls rose from the old Third to the First Division. His uncle Ray and Harry’s youngest son also filled a post in 1984 as one of the club’s directors.

It was for this reason that Tony came to have a fondness for both the sport and the club. As a kid, he recalls being brought to the Goldstone Ground to watch matches and even ride the train alongside other fans to see away games.

He attended Lancing College, a co-educational English independent school in the British public school tradition founded in 1848. He then studied mathematics at Manchester University. After graduation, he worked as an options trader in 1993 at accountancy firm Ernst & Young before going on to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures and investments.

But it wasn’t long after that he found his way back into the club. It is after all written in his blood. By 2000, he became one of its major investors and stockholders. As mentioned earlier, he bought out majority share in 2009 and helped financially construct the £93 million American Express Community Stadium. To top that, he was also responsible for the construction of the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. Both projects were completed and opened to the public in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Tony Bloom’s pre-Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. stint may not be that long but it sure paved the path for him and the club to cross paths. Again.

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The Tony Bloom Story

TonybloomstoryTony Bloom is a man of many things but perhaps one of the accolades that has been popularly attributed to his name would be that of football.

His relationship with the sport has come a long way and has begun at a young age, in fact even before his birth. Born as Anthony Grant Bloom during the 1970s, Tony grew up in a family of football aficionados and Seagull fanatics. He remembers attending matches at the Goldstone Ground with his relatives particularly his dad, brother and grandfather. He recalls it as a huge event for the Blooms that missing it would feel like you skipped Christmas morning altogether.

The Bloom family has had a long history with the sport and the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Harry, Tony’s grandfather who was a known motor trader and hotelier, was vice-chairman of the club during the 1970s while his uncle Ray served as a director the following decade. It then came as no surprise that he followed suit and became the Albion’s chairman in May of 2009 up to the present day. That makes him the third generation in his family to serve the club totaling forty years and counting.

But prior to such post, Tony has already been associated with the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. In the year 2000, he officially became one of its major investors and stockholders. As a benefactor, he helped personally fund two major constructions namely the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

The American Express Community Stadium, now nicknamed as “The Amex” and was previously known as the “Falmer’s Stadium”, can hold a maximum of 30,750 people and is now the current home of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. aka the Seagulls. Construction began in December of 2008 and was opened to the public in 2011.

The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on the other hand is a training ground for professional and aspiring athletes. It opened its doors in 2014.

Because of these achievements, he was voted and awarded as the “Most Outstanding Brightonian” in the same year that he sat as the Seagull’s chairman. Tony Bloom may be a man of a few words and the most timid of all Albion chairmen to date with the simplest of speeches, his contributions are nothing short of amazing. What else could he have in store for us? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Tony Bloom:The Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Chairman

Tony BloomBased in East Sussex in England, the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (aka the “Seagulls” or “Albions”) is a professional association football club that currently plays in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. It was founded in the 24th of June 24 in 1901 making it 114 years as of this writing. Its current chairman is businessman and philanthropist Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom.

Mr. Bloom has since held the position since May of 2009 after succeeding Harry Dick Knight who was popular for his many long and ardent speeches. Tony on the other hand made a name for himself but for other reasons.

As a child he recalls watching the games at the Goldstone Ground with his family, a time where he first developed a love for the sport. During his early years in the 1970s his grandfather Harry served as vice-chairman of the club. A decade after that, it was his uncle Ray who held the post as director.

With business and finances on his side, he became one of the club’s major investors by the year 2000. His greatest contribution and achievements would perhaps be the construction of the Seagull’s home, the 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium (formerly the Falmer Stadium and now dubbed as the “Amex”) and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. These two has since opened in 2011 and 2014 and have both been financially aided from Tony Bloom’s own personal pocket. It is also for such reasons as to why the town of Brighton has voted and decided to award him for such contributions.

At present, the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is managed by Christopher William Gerard Hughton and is composed of defenders Bruno Saltor Grau, Uwe Hünemeier, Lewis Dunk, Gaëtan Bong, Connor Goldson and Liam Rosenior; midfielders Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal, Jamie Murphy, Jake Forster-Caskey, Solly March, Danny Holla, Rohan Ince, Anthony Knockaert and Richie Towell; forwards Sam Baldock, Tomer Hemed and Chris O’Grady as well as goalkeepers Niki Mäenpää, David Stockdale and Casper Ankergren.

Apart from football and being the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.’s chairman, Tony Bloom also manages the “Bloom Foundation”, an organization that seeks to relieve and sole poverty. He likewise supports the charity set up by his wife called the “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” which she has set up after being diagnosed with the same condition.

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Tony Bloom and Multiple Sclerosis

Linda BloomTony Bloom’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis has a personal note to it. The famed Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman, investor and businessman is married to Australian born psychologist Linda to whom he has a seven year old son with.

About fifteen years ago, she was diagnosed with the condition and was said to be in such a bad state that she could not even lift a pen or stand up from the couch.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a type of degenerative neurological disease and an immune-mediated disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system affecting and disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the body. Specifically, the attack is done to the myelin or the insulating covers of the nerve cells. The damage affects the cells of the spinal cord, and the brain.

MS is a disabling condition and this is observed in many of its signs and symptoms. Patients are reported to have varying types and combinations of these which often portray themselves in relapses. These includes vision problems, dizziness, fatigue, urination difficulty, balancing issues, spasms, numbness, muscle stiffness, oral and speaking problems, memory deterioration, emotional instability and worse complete paralysis. The condition does not on its own kill but with its symptoms can bring about other health problems.

In the United Kingdom alone, Multiple Sclerosis affects about 100,000 people. In the global scale, only 0.0357% or 2.5 million individuals are affected by it making it one of the rarest diseases of its kind. According to statistics, more women are affected than men and patients fall between 20 to 40 years old.

The sad thing is, there is no known cause or cure for MS as of today. Several practices and medication are given but they cannot cure the patient. They merely act as temporary relief or to deter a relapse. More often than not, they are very expensive too and may have other health consequences particularly directed to the liver.

To help individuals suffering from the same condition, Linda, with the support of her husband, set up the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation. To raise funds of £100,000 as well as awareness for the cause, Tony Bloom ran the 2011 and 2015 Brighton Marathon which was 42.195 kilometers long. The said marathon takes place every April of every year and is held in the seaside town of Brighton in England.