Born in Manchester, UK
Oliver Cookson (41) is a UK entrepreneur who established the sports nutrition business Myprotein®.
Growing up in Stockport, Oliver left school aged 16 with 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 (Sunday Times Rich List 2019).
After leaving school, Oliver began, and swiftly departed, roles as a paperboy and in takeaway restaurants, before starting a modern apprenticeship in IT. He then quickly progressed to become a self-taught contract website developer for major global organisations.
In 2004, and growing tired of the day-to-day, Oliver decided to capitalise on his love of fitness and nutrition and used a £500 overdraft to launch a sports supplement idea, which would lay the foundations for a multi-million-pound company.
As the driving force behind its inspirational and well-documented growth, the bootstrapped Myprotein® went on-to become the number one sports nutrition brand in Europe, employing over 100 people in Manchester with financials of over £5m EBITDA.
In 2011, after a heavily contested sales process, including offers from some of the largest blue-chip FMCG brands, institutional investors and private equity, Oliver went onto complete a high-profile sale of Myprotein® to The Hut Group which resulted in combined shares and cash deal which earnt him a nine-digit exit.
He remained on the board of directors of The Hut Group® as part of the deal but stepped down in 2012 to focus on new opportunities. His interests remain a key shareholder in The Hut Group® to this day, retaining all original shares.
Not one for standing still, Oliver founded Monocore® in 2011 launching multiple consumer nutrition brands, including GoNutrition®, before fully exiting the company in 2019. He has since founded his investment vehicle OSC Group™, which is his now day-to-day focus.
Away from the boardroom, Oliver is a charismatic and engaging entrepreneur, leader, and speaker who is a well-respected figure in the business and fitness sectors.
Each year, Oliver donates to a number of charities, including being a major donor in recent years to the Caudwell Children’s charity, which transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK.
Born in Manchester, UK
Left school at age 16 with just one GCSE
Employed on a Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development
Oliver moves into Contract Web Development
Myprotein® begins trading in Europe
Myprotein® achieves £1m EBITDA, still fully bootstrapped
Myprotein included in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100
Myprotein launches dedicated local websites for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland.
Oliver is named EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Myprotein® becomes Europe’s No.1 online sports nutrition brand
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
Rejoins the board to become Non Executive Director at The Hut Group
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