Simon Wolfson - Early Life and Career

Early Life and Career

He attended Radley College, near Abingdon, followed by studying law at Trinity College, Cambridge. Wolfson joined Next as a sales consultant in its Kensington branch in 1991, the year his father was granted his peerage. The following year, he was taken on as assistant to Next's chief executive, David Jones. Wolfson made his way up the ranks within the company rapidly, being appointed to the board of directors in 1997, and culminating in his appointment as chief executive in August 2001. At the age of 33, this made him the youngest chief executive of a FTSE 100 company. He was one of the first businesspeople to predict the 2008-9 economic crisis.

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