Sir Philip Nigel Ross Green is the chairman of Arcadia Group. The group includes Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Outfit. The defunct BHS chain was also part of the group. He was reportedly the BBC’s first choice to front the UK franchise of The Apprentice.
About Philip Green in brief
Sir Philip Nigel Ross Green is the chairman of Arcadia Group. The group includes Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Outfit. The defunct BHS chain was also part of the group. Green was born on 15 March 1952 in Croydon, Surrey, into a middle-class Jewish family. He was the son of Simon Green, a successful property developer and electrical goods retailer, and Alma. He has been called the \”King of the High Street\” but has been involved in a number of controversies during his career, including his actions prior to the demise of BHS. In May 2007, after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal, Green donated £250,000 as a monetary reward for any useful public information. He also gave the McCanns the use of his private jet to allow them to fly to Rome for a Papal visit. In April 1980, Green registered a philanthropic initiative, the Kahn Charitable Trust, with a vision of ‘putting lost smiles back on the faces of less privileged persons across the globe’ He was reportedly the BBC’s first choice to front the UK franchise of The Apprentice; however, at that time in 2004, he was too busy with Arcadia’s attempted takeover of Marks & Spencer.
In August 2010, Green was asked by David Cameron to carry out a review of UK government spending and procurement processes. Green is based during the week at a London hotel, with his wife and children, Brandon and Chloe, in an apartment in Monaco. He is married to Tina Green, and has two children, Chloe and Brandon, with whom he has a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Chloe Chloe, who lives in Monaco with their mother. Green and his wife have a son and daughter-in-law, both of whom live in the same London apartment block as he does. Green has been described as ‘the king of the high street’ and ‘one of the world’s most successful businessmen’ by The Sunday Times’. In 2002, Green assisted his wife Tina Green in the purchase of the Arcadia group, which owns High Street chains such as Burton, Dorothy. Perkins, Evans and TopshopTopman and Wallis. The company was briefly owned by Green but sold to TinaGreen within 24 hours, with Philip acting as CEO. On 30 November 2020, ArcadiaGroup went into administration. Green was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Retail Industry.