Richard Desmond

Richard Desmond is a well-known English publisher and businessman. He owns Express Newspapers and Northern & Shell, which is known for publishing various celebrity magazines, namely OK! and New!

Rags To Riches Story

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      Richard Desmond was born in Hampstead, London, to Cyril and Millie Desmond.

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      Richard Desmond was conceived in Hampstead, London, into a Jewish family, the most youthful of three youngsters, and experienced childhood in Edgware, in North West London. His dad was plummeted from Latvian Jews, and his mom was of Ukrainian-Jewish plunge.

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      He did his schooling from Edgware Junior School and went to Christ’s College, Finchley.

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      He left school at the age of 15 and began working in the characterized notices segment of the Thomson Group.

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      He started working at the age of fifteen, in the classified advertisements section of Thomson Group & played drums after work.

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      At the age of eighteen, he became the sales director of Beat Instrumental Magazine and owned two shops at the age of twenty-one.

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      He established Northern & Shell publishing group and published UK edition of Penthouse in 1982, till 1990. Followed by a few adult titles, Northern & Shell published the celebrity magazine OK!

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      The readership of OK! is in excess of 31 Million and has 23 editions throughout the world.

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      In 2000, he acquired Express Newspapers for 125 Million Pounds

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      In 2010, Richard Desmond bought UK channel ‘Channel 5’ for 103.5 Million Pounds.