Theo Paphitis: Biography highlights

Just like in the Den, Theo Paphitis rarely sugar coats good advice when he is speaking. He believes that success is driven from within and wants to inspire entrepreneurs and to pass on the knowledge that he has had to learn throughout his years in business.

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Who is Theo Paphitis?

  • A self-made millionaire business magnate
  • Famed for his role as a potential investor on Dragons’ Den
  • Followed his ambitions and learned to run a business empire successfully

Theo Paphitis was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1959. His father and grandparents worked for British bases in Cyprus enabling them to emigrate to England as a family when Theo was six years old. Theo’s reputation is founded in turning around ailing companies, as a conference or keynote speaker he speaks candidly about business turnaround.

Theo started his career at the age of 16 as a tea boy/filing clerk with Lloyds of London insurance brokers before making his first foray into retail at the age of 18. At the age of 20 he moved into finance -property and corporate, specialising in turnarounds, setting up his own company at the age of 23.

Theo discovered his natural ability of pointing out the obvious and applying common sense at an early age and in no time he was helping businesses in difficulty and this soon became a full time role. Theo Paphitis has a knack for turning around ailing companies, and repeats it with amazing consistency. In 2009 Theo visited Vietnam, India and Brazil for a new BBC TWO television series produced in partnership with The Open University called Theo’s Adventure Capitalists. The series that aired in May, tracked the success of British enterprises looking to do business overseas.

In his presentations, Theo carefully explains his business strategies and offers invaluable advice on exactly what it takes to turn a business into a rip-roaring success. He offers audiences numerous sound business principles and the necessary tools required to create highly lucrative businesses. Theo is down to earth, often described as ‘colourful‘, and highly impressive. He delivers his message with fire and pragmatism honed by his wide experience.



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