Theo Paphitis Retail Group , Founder
Cypriot born Theo Paphitis has a business empire that spans retail, property and finance. He left school at 16 with no qualifications due to his dyslexia, but soon discovered his passion for retail working for Watches of Switzerland - and the rest is history.
He has been in retail for over 40 years and in that time bought and revived the fortunes of the likes of Ryman, La Senza, Contessa, and Robert Dyas and launched global lingerie brand Boux Avenue in 2011. In 2016 he added The London Graphic Centre to his portfolio.
Theo is also known for his 8 years as Millwall Chairman, as well as many TV appearances, including most notably 9 series on the BBC's Dragons' Den. He is also patron to several charities, and his businesses have raised well over £4m for Comic Relief, of which he was a Director from 2012-2018. He has also recently been appointed Chancellor of Solent University.