A lot of people would recognize the name Tony Bloom. It’s no surprise. The man has in fact made a name for himself. An investor, a businessman, a sports fanatic, a football club chairman and a philanthropist, he is probably the ultimate slashie. Are you ready to get to know more about him? Well we are!
He’s the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman.
Just like his grandpa Harry and his uncle Ray who served as vice-chairman and director respectively, Tony became affiliated with the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club as its newest and current chairman since May of 2009.
But even before succeeding such post from Harry Dick Knight, he already became one of its major investors and stockholders almost a decade prior specifically in the year 2000. As one of its biggest benefactors, he helped finance the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre from his own pocket.
His contributions and achievements for the club have eventually led him to be voted as the “Brightonian of the Year” in 2009. Surely, his efforts did not go unnoticed.
Football runs in his veins.
Sure he’s no coach or athlete for the matter but his affiliation and love for the sport goes a long way back. As mentioned, he is the third generation from the Blooms to have served a post in the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. That’s over forty years of passionate service from his family.
As a kid he would often recall watching matches at the Goldstone Ground, something that he never outgrew of. But of course today, the matches he watch are now held at the 30,750 seater stadium he helped personally finance as mentioned earlier.
He founded and supports charitable organizations.
Quite a number of years back, Tony has vowed to help end or at least relieve the effects of poverty. With that he built the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust which has currently been renamed and is now known to be the Bloom Foundation. It’s main cause is to provide and offer grants to causes and institutions that fight poverty and its effects in the United Kingdom and the developing countries in Africa and Asia. Furthermore, he has supported and sits as a trustee in another organization called the OMS. The OMS which stands for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is a foundation built and spearheaded by his wife Linda who has been diagnosed with MS fifteen years back.