Richard Desmond

founder northern & shell

Media mogul Richard Desmond first acquired his taste for business aged three, when his father lost his hearing. Desmond escorted his father to his meetings to act as his “ears”. Following this early induction to the working world, Desmond left school at the age of 15 and started work. Eight years later, Desmond founded his own company, Northern & Shell. The company has grown from a small enterprise to one of Britain’s primary independent media companies, with annual revenues close to £500 million. The business’s publishing portfolio includes the largest weekly magazine in the world, OK!, and The Express Newspapers. The company recently acquired Channel 5. With Desmond intending to work until he’s 90, Northern & Shell promises to progress even further.

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