Brain Food: How He made his Pile - Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder, easyGroup

Who is he? The larger-than-life Greek serial entrepreneur who gave us easyJet.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Who is he?

The larger-than-life Greek serial entrepreneur who gave us easyJet. He is worth £300 million.

How did he make his millions?

Born into a wealthy Greek shipping family, Stelios started Stelmar Tankers in 1992 and easyJet in '95. The budget airline was floated in 2000 and he retained a 25% stake, which he has milked to fund other easy-branded ventures - losses for which tot up to £127 million. In February, he sold £14 million worth of easyJet shares to finance easyCruise, easyBus and easyHotel.

What's the secret of his success?

Relentless self-publicising and ambition. He admits he is not a good manager but is 'suited to start-ups and fire-fighting'.

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