Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou: Official Biography
Serial entrepreneur Stelios is best known for his easyJet start-up in 1995, at the age of just 28. After floating the massively popular budget airline on the London Stock Exchange in 2000; he stepped back to concentrate on extending the easy brand to several businesses - all dedicated to offering consumers more value for less. These include easyHotel, easyCar, easyBus, easyOffice and easyGym - all owned through his private company easyGroup.
Stelios and his family continue to own 38% of easyJet where he retains a keen interest in the airline as its largest shareholder.
In 2006, at the age of 39, Stelios received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to entrepreneurship. In 2009, Stelios was nominated the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco.
In the last five years, Stelios has begun to concentrate on making a difference to society by launching a number of philanthropic initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and environmental sustainability. For more information on the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation see www.stelios.com.
More likely to be on a plane than in the office, Stelios is 45 years old and lives in Monaco.