Luke Johnson

chairman risk capital partners

Luke Johnson is the son of historian Paul Johnson and was educated at Langley Grammar School in Berkshire.  He went on to study at Oxford, during which time he interviewed Richard Branson for the student newspaper. This inspired him to go into business, and by the time he left university he and friend Hugh Osmond owned a number of businesses together.  Upon graduating Johnson joined Kleinwort Benson, the investment bank, as an analyst. He organised the acquisition of PizzaExpress and floated the business on the stock market for 40p per share. As chairman of the business until 1999, the share price rose to over 800p and the business had earned a market capitalisation of over £500 million. In 2001, Johnson co-founded Risk Capital Partners and is involved in a number of investments.

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