BornSeptember 24, 1959
Theo was born in Limassol on 24th September. One of three brothers.
Emigrated to BritainJune 3, 1966
Theo and the family emigrated to the UK. Here the family are pictured on the jetty in Venice before embarking on their new life in England.
Life in ManchesterAugust 17, 1967
The Paphitis family band, their first and last attempt! The family lived in a house that overlooked Old Trafford. A sign of things to come perhaps….
Moved to LondonMarch 1, 1969
Theo and the family moved to Finsbury Park, London.
Theo’s First JobAugust 17, 1971
Theo experienced his first taste of work! Delivering flyers for a mini cab company at the age of 12.
First Entrepreneurial SparkFebruary 6, 1974
Theo launched a school tuck shop which made him one of the most popular kids at school!
First City JobAugust 17, 1976
The first official job Theo had was as a tea boy and filing clerk at a City of London insurance broker. Earning £20 per week
First Taste Of RetailFebruary 17, 1978
At the age of 18 Theo began working for Watches of Switzerland on Old Bond Street. On his first day he realised that retail was his passion and he sold a Rolex!
Married Mrs PJune 23, 1978
Insurance IndustryApril 17, 1980
At the age of 21 Theo joined Legal & General and began selling commercial mortgages
Set Up His First CompanyApril 17, 1982
Theo’s first taste in setting up a company came at the age of 23. Theo set up a property finance company using the experience he had gained at L&G.
Back into the City with AstraMarch 1, 1987
Theo moved back into the city and became Chairman and Chief Executive of Astra and began cutting his teeth in the City. This turned out to be a very painful experience!
Movie Media SportsMarch 1, 1989
Theo, with his business partner Ian Childs purchased MMS, a sports marketing agency, out of administration.
Moved into MobileAugust 7, 1992
Theo acquired a majority stake in NAG Telecom and with it, its three London stores.
Acquired Ryman StationeryJuly 18, 1995
The mobile phone industry introduced Theo to the troubled retailer Ryman Stationery and soon after Theo purchased Ryman, and its 80 stores, from the receivers. The beginning of Theo’s retail empire!
Moved into LingerieAugust 17, 1996
Theo soon realised that Ryman was too small a business to keep him fully occupied so, when the opportunity arose, Theo acquired Contessa Lingerie.
Millwall FC AcquiredJuly 18, 1997
Theo led a consortium and became Chairman, acquiring Millwall FC from administration in 1997. As Chairman of Millwall, Theo and the club eventually managed to reach the 2004 FA Cup Final.
Acquired La SenzaJuly 18, 1998
Theo expanded his retail brands by one more as he acquired La Senza from Canadians who had expanded into the UK but were struggling to make it work.
Movie Media Sports SoldMarch 2, 2000
Movie Media Sports was sold to Octagon Worldwide.
Partners StationeryJuly 2, 2001
After trying to buy Partners Stationery for several months Theo was finally able to buy the retailer once it went into the hands of the receivers.
Into the DenJanuary 17, 2005
Theo joined the BBC Dragons’ Den which was a large part of his life for eight series until his departure in 2012 to focus on the retail brands.
Acquired Red Letter Days with Peter JonesJuly 18, 2005
Out of Lingerie (temporarily!)December 17, 2006
Theo sold his stake in La Senza and Contessa to Lion Capital.
Bought Stationery BoxAugust 17, 2007
Theo purchased Stationery Box and began the re-brand of the stationery businesses into the Ryman Stationery brand.
Partners and Stationery Box combined under Ryman nameJuly 2, 2008
The Stationery Box and Partners brands are combined under the Ryman Stationery brand.
Boux Avenue launched….back into lingerie!July 18, 2011
Boux Avenue is launched initially with the opening of six stores and the launch of www.bouxavenue.com
Robert Dyas AcquiredJanuary 1, 2012
Theo purchased the Ironmongery and Homewares retailer Robert Dyas.
Back to SportJuly 18, 2013
Theo and Ian Childs invested in MB Partners, the sports marketing and management business founded by the former F1 driver Mark Blundell. Following the investment Theo became Chairman of MB Partners.
Theo Paphitis Retail Group foundedJuly 28, 2015
Combining Boux Avenue, Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas under one retail brand