Farmer, Tom

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Name
Farmer, Tom Gender: M
born on 10 July 1940 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Leith, Scotland, 55n59, 3w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 18°08' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 25°47 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 29°51'



Biography

Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist.

One of seven siblings in a devoutly Catholic family, in 1964 Farmer founded his own tyre retailing business which he sold in 1969 for £450,000. Farmer retired to the United States, but became bored and decided to find a new challenge. He returned to Edinburgh to found the Kwik Fit chain of garages in 1971. The firm grew quickly, mainly through acquisition, including opening in the Netherlands in 1975. Farmer was named Scottish Businessman of the Year in 1989. After building the chain to become the world's largest independent tyre and automotive repair specialists with over 2,000 centres operating in 18 different countries, Farmer sold the firm to Ford in 1999 for more than £1 billion. He is the first Scot to be awarded the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal for philanthropy.

He is a political donor to the Scottish National Party, and is the major shareholder in Hibernian Football Club, which he rescued from Bankruptcy. His support for both these organisations is based on ensuring viability and an alternative choice, rather than a particular personal enthusiasm.

He was knighted in 1997 and was the founding Chancellor of Queen Margaret University.

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Events

Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record. Born in Edinburgh - Wikipedia specifies the suburb of Leith.

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted