10 Interesting Facts about Alan Sugar

These following facts about Alan Sugar might probably provide you much information about what kind of person he is. Alan Sugar is an English business magnate, media personality, and political advisor. From the East End of London, Sugar now has an estimated fortune of £770m (US$1.14 billion) and was ranked 89th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2011. In 2007, he sold his remaining interest in the consumer electronics company Amstrad, his largest and best-known business venture. Furthermore, to get to know more about him, here are some other facts about Alan Sugar you might want to know.

Facts about Alan Sugar 1: Rich Boy

Sir Alan was born in Hackney on March 24 in 1947 to Fay and Nathan Sugar. At the age of 13 he was already making more money than his dad, who was a tailor, by boiling beetroots, making ginger beer and selling photographic film to school friends.

Facts about Alan Sugar 2: Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur

Sugar was chairman of Tottenham Hotspur from 1991 to 2001. Sugar appears in the BBC TV series The Apprentice, which has been broadcast annually since 2005 and is based upon the popular US Television show of the same name, featuring the American entrepreneur Donald Trump.

Facts about Alan Sugar - Alan Sugar
Facts about Alan Sugar – Alan Sugar

Facts about Alan Sugar 3: Rolls Royce and Bentley

A collector of classic Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars, Sugar owns a Rolls Royce Ghost with the number plate AMS1, which appears during all episodes of The Apprentice. A qualified pilot with 30 years’ experience, Sugar owns a Cirrus SR22 four-seat aircraft, based at Stapleford Airfeld.

Facts about Alan Sugar 4: Political Involvement

On 7 June 2009 Sugar sought to clarify the non-political nature of his appointment. He stated that he would not be joining the government, that the appointment was politically neutral, and that all he wanted to do was help businesses and entrepreneurs.

Facts about Alan Sugar - Amstrad's CPC464
Facts about Alan Sugar – Amstrad’s CPC464

Facts about Alan Sugar 5: Amstrad

Sugar founded Amstrad in 1968, the name being an acronym of his initials – Alan Michael Sugar Trading. The company began as a general importer/exporter and wholesaler, but soon specialised in consumer electronics.

Facts about Alan Sugar 6: Sugar’s Triumph

Sugar’s triumphs as a businessman are well documented, but as a football chairman he was far less successful. During his nine-year run as owner of Spurs, Sugar’s team only won one measly trophy, the 1999 Worthington Cup.

Facts about Alan Sugar - Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur
Facts about Alan Sugar – Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur

Facts about Alan Sugar 7: Charity

When he’s not busy grilling people in the boardroom and making big money deals, Sugar has been known to give up his time and cash for charity. He’s raised large sums of money for Great Ormond Street, the Hackney Empire and Jewish Care.

Facts about Alan Sugar 8: Amsair

Amsair Executive Aviation was founded in 1993, and is run by Sugar’s son Daniel Patrick. As with Amstrad, the name Amsair is an acronym taken from the initials of Sugar’s name “Alan Michael Sugar Air”. Amsair operates a large Cessna fleet, and one Embraer Legacy 650 with the registration G-SUGA, offering business and executive jet charters.

Facts about Alan Sugar - The Apprentice
Facts about Alan Sugar – The Apprentice

Facts about Alan Sugar 9: Honors

Sugar was knighted as a Knight Bachelor in the 2000 New Year Honors “for service to the Home Computer and Electronics Industry”. He holds two honorary Doctorates of Science, awarded in 1988 by City University and in 2005 by Brunei University.

Facts about Alan Sugar 10: Technology Controversy

In February 2005, Sugar predicted that the iPod would be “dead, finished, gone, kaput” by the following Christmas. The comment topped the poll by T3 on the ten worst technology predictions ever.

Facts about Alan Sugar - With Donald Trump
Facts about Alan Sugar – With Donald Trump

Hope you would find those Alan Sugar facts really interesting, useful and helpful for your additional reading.

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