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Oliver Cookson,
Entrepreneur & Founder of Myprotein®

Oliver Cookson is a British entrepreneur who established the sports nutrition business Myprotein®.

Growing up in Manchester, Cookson left school aged 16 with just one GCSE. Two decades later, he has been named the UK’s number one self-made millionaire under 40 with a net worth of £306m*.

In 2004, Cookson used a £500 overdraft to bootstrap a sports nutrition idea, which would in turn create the trailblazing, pioneering, and leading brand in sports nutrition; Myprotein.

Myprotein went on to become the number one sports nutrition brand in Europe, in just seven years, whilst maintaining 100% equity, in combined cash and shares deal with ‘The Hut Group’ which earnt him a nine-digit exit.

Oliver is now one of the UK’s most inspiring and well-respected entrepreneurs.

*Sunday Times Rich List 2019

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Bootstrap Your Life – A memoir from the founder of Myprotein®

In 2004, Oliver Cookson borrowed £500 from the bank and went on to create the number one sports nutrition company in Europe, Myprotein®. Circled by buyers including over a dozen private equity bidders and global conglomerates, he sold the company just seven years later for £58 million in a combined cash and shares deal with 100% equity.

Now, for the first time, Cookson tells his story. How he built his empire on a shoestring at just 24, why he chose to sell and the risks, setbacks and triumphs encountered along the way.

During this intimate and inspiring journey, Cookson shares his life lessons for anyone in business. From students with an idea to FTSE 100 CEOs, this book will inspire all to reach for their goals and bootstrap their life.

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Bootstrap Your Life – The Podcast

Cookson flips the traditional long-form podcast in this series of around fifteen-minute episodes, covering the tools and habits you need to build a successful business.

Touching on entrepreneurship, self-esteem, business acumen, mindset, and investment, this podcast is a must for anyone wanting to lead from the front.

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The Journey

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1979

Born in Manchester, UK

1995

Left school at age 16 with just one GCSE

1996

Employed on a Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development

1996

Oliver moves into Contract Web Development

2004

Launched Myprotein®

2005

Myprotein® begins trading in Europe

2007

Myprotein® achieves £1m EBITDA, still fully bootstrapped

2009

Myprotein included in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100

2010

Myprotein launches dedicated local websites for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

2010

Oliver is named EY Entrepreneur of the Year

2011

Myprotein® becomes Europe’s No.1 online sports nutrition brand

2011

Oliver sells Myprotein® for £58 million in a combined cash and shares deal, exiting with 100% equity. He remains a major shareholder in The Hut Group

2020

Rejoins the board to become Non Executive Director at The Hut Group

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