- Stelios Haji-Ioannou
name = Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou
caption = Stelios launches easyOffice, 2007
birth_date = birth date and age|1967|2|14
occupation = entrepreneur
networth = GBP £1.29 billion [cite news |first= |last= |coauthors= |title=Sunday Times Rich List 2007 |date=2007-04-29 |publisher=The Times Newspaper |url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/richlist/person/0,,46996,00.html |work=
Sunday Times Rich List|pages= |accessdate=2007-05-23]
spouse = none
website = [http://www.stelios.com/ www.stelios.com]
children = none
Haji-Ioannou, who prefers to be called by his first name, Stelios, is the second of three children of Loucas and Nedi Haji-Ioannou. His father's side has its roots in
Pedoulasvillage (a village on the mountains of Cyprus), and his mother is from the Potsos family with roots in Lania village (just outside the city of Limassol). He was educated in Athens at the Doukas High School and in 1984 continued his education at the London School of Economics, graduating with a BSc Econ in 1987. He followed that up with an MScin Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business Schoolat City University, London. Haji-Ioannou has also been awarded a total of four honorary doctorates from Liverpool John Moores University, Cass Business School, [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=FT Innovate Speakers and bios | date=2006 | publisher= | url =http://www.ftinnovate.com/2006/speakers.aspx?m_pid=0&m_nid=11963 | work = Financial Times| pages = | accessdate = 2007-09-05 | language = ] Newcastle Business School [ cite web|url=http://www.newcastlebusinessschool.co.uk/news-stelios.aspx |title=Top Honour for Stelios |accessdate=2007-09-05 |publisher=Newcastle Business School ] and Cranfield University. [ cite web|url=http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/alumni/events/page1489.jsp |title=Cranfield University 2006 - Honorary Graduates |accessdate=2007-09-05 |publisher=University of Cranfield ]
A serial entrepreneur, Haji-Ioannou started his professional career in 1988 working for his father's shipping company, the Troodos Shipping Co Ltd. Aged 25, he negotiated a $30 million payout from his father and used the funds to set up his own shipping company, "Stelmar shipping". [cite news | first=Richard | last=Morais | coauthors= | title=Proving Papa Wrong | date=06.19.01 | publisher= | url =http://www.forbes.com/2001/06/19/096.html | work =Forbes | pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ] Haji-Ioannou floated Stelmar Shipping on the NYSE in 2001 and in 2005 it was sold to the OSG Shipping Group for approximately $1.3 Billion.
Haji-Ioannou is also a known
philanthropist, donating scholarships for ten undergraduate students each year over the course of ten years to study at his alma mater, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and ten postgraduate students at his other alma mater, City University, London.
In April 1991 Haji-Ioannou was involved in an oil tanker disaster whilst working for the Troodos shipping company killing six Cypriot people and disgorging up to 50,000 tonnes of crude oil into the sea - arguably the Mediterranean's worst-ever ecological disaster. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Making it all look easy | date= 2002-04-21 | publisher= | url =http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,687834,00.html | work =Guardian Unlimited | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ] Stelios (and his father) faced manslaughter charges for the explosion on the tanker
M/T Havenin 1991. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= BBC Radio 4's On The Ropes | date= 2002-07-07 | publisher= | url =http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2002/07_july/07/ontheropes_stelios.shtml | work =BBC | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-25 | language = ] The Haven was an elderly tanker, formerly the Amoco Haven, sister ship of the ill-starred Amoco Cadizthat foundered in 1978. Haji-Ioannou was accused and charged in Italy of poor maintenance, manslaughter, extortion and intimidating and attempting to bribe witnesses. He was warned he faced a lengthy jail sentence and liability for hundreds of millions of pounds compensation. Haji-Ioannou blamed an error by one of the surviving crew. He was acquitted but the case has dragged on ever since with subsequent appeals and demands for compensation thrown out by the Italian courts. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Making it all look easy | date= 2002-04-21 | publisher= | url =http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,687834,00.html | work =Guardian Unlimited | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ]
The easy Empire
Haji-Ioannou started easyJet PLC when he was 28. In 2000 easyJet PLC was partially floated on the London Stock Exchange however Stelios remains the largest single shareholder.
Nowadays, acting through his private investment vehicle, the
easyGroup, which owns the easy brand and licenses it to the various easy branded ventures, including the airline. He continues to extend the brand, with mixed success, by creating new 'easy' branded ventures in the areas of travel, leisure, telecoms and personal finance.
easyJet PLC, which is one of Europe's largest low cost airlines by revenues with a fleet of 122 jets and growing, carried 33 million passengers in 2006. The travel related businesses also include:Quote_box
quote="It's the least desirable aspect, but I don't think people are too worried about windows."
source=Stelios Haji-Ioannou, "easyGroup head, defending the windowless chambers in his London easyHotel, where rooms rent for $36 a night" [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title=Bizwatch | date=
August 7, 2005| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1090844,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ] |
easyCar, which offers low cost car rental in 2,000 locations globally; [cite news | first=J.F.O. | last=McAllister | coauthors= | title=Easy All Over Europe | date= July 23, 2001| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1000398,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ]
easyCruise, which claims to introduce a younger age group to cruising in various parts of the world; [cite news | first=Anthee | last=Carassava | coauthors= | title=Stelios Hadji-Ioannou | date= May 11, 2007| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1619553,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ] [cite news | first=Anthee | last=Carassava | coauthors= | title=Easy Does It on The High Seas | date= April 17, 2005| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1050278,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ]
easyBus, which offers low cost bus transportation between airports and city centres; [cite news | first=Adam | last=Smith | coauthors= | title=Livin' On Easy Street | date= May 8, 2005| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1059003,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ]
easyHotel, which offers low cost accommodation in city centres. [cite news | first=Thomas | last=Grose | coauthors= | title=A Room with No View | date= April 11, 2007| publisher= | url =http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1609075-2,00.html | work = Time Magazine| pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ]
The businesses outside the travel industry include Internet cafés, online price comparison, personal finance, cinema, male toiletries, online recruitment, pizza delivery, music downloads, mobile telephony, offices [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Stelios launches easyOffice.co.uk | date=
1 May 2007| publisher= | url =http://www.immo-news.net/Stelios-launches-easyOffice-co-uk_a2018.html | work =Immo News | pages = | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | language = ] and wrist watches.
In November 2006 Haji-Ioannou received a Knighthood from
Queen Elizabeth IIfor services to entrepreneurship.
In 2005, easyGroup threatened legal action against a Welsh business which had been trading as easymobile since 2003 despite being established some two years before the launch of Haji-Ioannou's business easyMobile.com. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Posh Richemont latest to sue Stelios | date=
18 November 2005| publisher= | url =http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/18/stelios_richemont/ | work =The Register | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ] And In 2006 Karl Kahn a London businessman branding Haji-Ioannou as a "rich bully" obtained a court order against Haji-Ioannou to prevent him from interfering with his pizza business. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Hard cheese for Stelios in EasyPizza case | date= 20 June 2006| publisher= | url =http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/20/stelios_loses_easypizza/ | work =The Register | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ] Karl Kahn was informed in 2004 that his EasyPizza.co.uk domain was infringing the rights of EasyGroup. Following an acrimonious build-up to the court date, Haji-Ioannou then pulled out at the last minute, serving a Notice of Discontinuance and Mr Kahn succeeded in getting EasyGroup to sign a consent order covering his costs, estimated at £135,000, and agreeing not to interfere with his business or bring any further court action without the approval of the court. To date, EasyGroup has yet to pay the costs. But this has not prevented dozens of companies being threatened by Haji-Ioannou because the huge costs associated with defending a claim in the High Court have been extremely effective in forcing people to hand over their domains. EasyGroup claims that the owners of easy domains are "passing off" on its name. However, that legal argument is based on a selective reading of the law which would require the companies to also copy EasyGroup's well-known orange livery and lower-case/upper-case typography, and to make out they are in some way associated with EasyGroup. That is not the case with the majority of easy domain name owners.
Despite being a prominent figure in UK business, Haji-Ioannou has chosen to avoid paying tax in the country by residing in
Monaco. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= The tax haven that today's super rich City commuters call home | date= 10 July 2006| publisher= | url =http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1816834,00.html | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ] Whilst some may see this as the prerogative of a successful and wealthy businessman, others have questioned the morals behind this decision saying it is motivated by greed and is a mean-spirited display of making money from the people of Britain whilst refusing to contribute.Fact|date=August 2008His recent knighthood was met with controversy as he is a tax exileand therefore usually only entitled to an honorary knighthood. [cite news | first= | last= | coauthors= | title= Hajiioannou, Stelios | date= | publisher= | url =http://www.hellenism.net/cgi-bin/display_celeb.html?c=92 | work =Hellenism | pages = | accessdate = 2007-06-28 | language = ]
*Amoco Haven tanker disaster
* [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,687834,00.html Observer News Item]
*cite news | last =Walters| first =J| coauthors =| title =Making it all look easy| work =Comment| pages =| language =| publisher =The Observer| date =
2002-04-21| url =http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,687834,00.html| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite news | last =| first =| coauthors =| title =Easyjet founder Stelios knighted| work =News| pages =| language =| publisher =BBC| date =
2006-06-16| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5087482.stm| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite web| last =| first =| coauthors =| title =Stelios Haji-Ioannou| work =| pages =| language =| publisher =Top Business Entrepreneurs | date =| url =http://www.topbusinessentrepreneurs.com/22/Billionaires/Stelios-Haji-Ioannou.html| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite news | last =Levine| first =G| coauthors =| title =Eclectic Empire: Haji-Ioannou's EasyJet Still Optimistic| work =Faces In The News| pages =| language =| publisher =Forbes| date =
2006-07-08| url =http://www.forbes.com/facesinthenews/2006/08/07/discount-airlines-easyjet-cx_gl_0807autofacescan03.html| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite news | last =Orton-Jones | first =C| coauthors =| title =I'll have what Stelios is having| work =| pages =| language =| publisher =Realbusiness| date =
2006-10-25| url =http://www.realbusiness.co.uk/search/4777681/ill-have-what-stelios-is-having.thtml| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite web| title =EasyGroup homepage| url =http://easy.com Easy.Com| accessdate =2007-09-24
*cite web| title =Stelios' personal page| url =http://www.stelios.com| accessdate =2007-09-24
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