Dragons’ Den investor Piers Linney is a British businessman, investor, former lawyer, banker and Non-Executive Director at British Business Bank. He is also the founder and CEO of Moblox, a platform offering tools and technology for small businesses and startups. The entrepreneur has experience in several industries including media, technology and converged communications. The entrepreneurs often call Piers a Business and Technology Champion. He was also recognized as the 100 most influential Black Britons. Moreover, he is one of the most influential names in British business.
Piers Linney’s Net Worth
The net worth of Piers Linney is estimated to be £82m. He became famous after appearing as an investor on the BBC Two programme Dragons’ Den. In the show, Linney invested in Wonderbly, a company publishing personalised children’s books. In 2021, the founders of Wonderbly sold it to Graphite Capital, generating a 40x return. Additionally, in July 2019, Piers introduced a course named #Startup with Piers Linney to offer practical advice to budding entrepreneurs. In January 2021, he became an adviser at Europe’s famous media and entertainment company, Sky Ltd.
Piers is also the co-founder of Atherton Bikes, a bike manufacturer in Wales. Additionally, he was also the Co-CEO and founder of Genesis Communications, an IT services provider and Outsourcery, a company offering cloud services. Linney is also a public speaker, media commentator and content creator. He supports ambitious entrepreneurs to grow their ventures through his #ScaleUp initiative. In 2011, the entrepreneur gained recognition after appearing on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire. Interestingly, the business champion has a professional background in investment banking, law and fund management.
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Pier Linney Honors and Awards
Dragons’ Den investor Piers Linney has received several honours and awards for his entrepreneurial skills and contribution to the industry. In 2013, Piers was recognised as one of the top 100 most influential black Britons. The business champion also won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the EY-sponsored first Black British Business Awards in 2014.
Moreover, in 2018, the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Programme ranked Linney in the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business. Moreover, the programme named the entrepreneur as one of the top 100 BAME Leaders in Tech. In the same year, Financial Times named Piers in the Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in tech. Moreover, in September 2021, GEN UK appointed Linney as an Ambassador for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Piers was one of the founders of the Governance Board of Britain’s Cloud Industry Forum. Moreover, in 2017, he was appointed as the Non-Executive Director at the British Business Bank. In 2014, he was appointed as a member of the Cabinet Office SME Panel. Linney also founded workinsight.org, an online platform connecting individuals to local employers. He is also a founding Trustee of the Powerlist Foundation and a trustee of both, Plotr and Nesta. Moreover, Piers serves as a patron for several charities including Virgin Unite.
Dragons’ Den Investor Piers Linney Early Life
Piers Linney started working at the of 13 by delivering newspapers to homes. By the age of 16, he made his career in several businesses including the media, communications and technology. He completed his studies in Law and Accounting at The University of Manchester.
Subsequently, Linney qualified as a lawyer with SJ Berwin. He then worked as an investment banker executive at Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Senior Associate at Credit Suisse. In 2000, Linney left banking to commence an internet business and has since contributed to several ventures in different sectors.
Piers is also the role model for the government’s REACH programme. Additionally, being a founding trustee of the Powerlist Foundation, Linney helps young people of all races, genders, faiths or ethnicities. In 2014, Linney also established Work Insight, an online platform that assists teenage students to find jobs.
Piers Linney strongly believes that business can do wonders. He is an intelligent, enthusiastic and entertaining speaker, with interesting ideas and awareness based on his extensive business experience. He was also a keynote speaker and host at Small Business Live event organized at Cisco Live Barcelona 2019. Piers also works as a content creator with several clients and ranked no.1 on the iTunes Podcasts Chart in 2019.
Piers has helped a lot of entrepreneurs in the technology sector achieve success through his entrepreneur mentorship and training academy and has changed the futures of both companies and individuals. He changes the futures of both companies and individuals. He is a serial entrepreneur who keeps on motivating the youth. Piers has proved that constant efforts lead to success.