Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Stelios is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of the easyGroup of companies. At 37, he has already created 16 companies, the biggest of which is easyJet, the leading low cost airline. Launched in 1995 easyJet PLC listed on the London stock exchange in 2000. Although not easy branded, Stelios founded another publicly traded company, Stelmar Tankers, which listed on the NYSE in 2001 and his family still own 20% of the stock.

In 1998 Stelios formed the easyGroup, a holding company to explore new ventures to extend the “easy” brand and capitalise upon the expanding use of the Internet.

The first such venture, easyInternetcafé, is the cheapest way to get online and started trading in June 1999. easyCar, a car rental service that sells 95% online, started trading in April 2000 and is well established across Europe. easyValue.com, impartial comparisons for online shopping, started trading in November 2000.

In 2004 Stelios has been invited to speak at Forbes CEO Europe Forum, International Hotel & Restaurant Association Congress, European Travel Commission, New York, Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Asia Leadership Series for Bloomberg, World Economic Forum China Summit, Foreign Press Association to name just a few.

He was knighted in 2006.