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John Robert Madejski OBE DL, born Robert John Hurst on April 28, 1941 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is a British businessman, mainly active in publishing and the hotel industry. As of 2007, he is in the top 200 wealthiest people in the UK, with a net worth said to be in the region of £400 million (see Sunday Times Rich List 2007). He changed his name when his stepfather, a Polish airman during World War II, returned to Britain to marry his mother. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... The Deputy Lieutenant is the deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of a county. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... This page is about Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies Inflation 2. ... The Sunday Times Rich List 2007 was published on 29 April 2007. ... The Polish Air Forces (Polskie SiÅ‚y Powietrzne) was a name of Polish Air Forces formed in France and the United Kingdom during World War II. The core of the Polish air units fighting alongside the allies were experienced veterans of Polish September Campaign of 1939 and they largely contributed... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

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Life and career

While on holiday in Florida in the mid 1970s Madejski saw a car sales magazine that included pictures of the vehicles on sale. He immediately realised the potential of the idea, and founded Thames Valley Trader in 1976. Initially the magazine sold anything and everything, from houses to cars and even aircraft, but it soon concentrated solely on vehicles, and was renamed Auto Trader. In 1998 he sold his company Hurst Publishing for £174 million. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... In May 2000, the Auto Trader Division of the Guardian Media Group and the Venture capital firm BC Partners closed a deal to unite Auto Trader (previously co-owned) under one over-arching company, Trader Media Group (TMG). ...


Madejski became chairman of the Football League club Reading F.C. in 1990, and has given his name to the club's Madejski Stadium, built in 1998 with £25 million largely contributed by him. In 2006 he led the Royals to the top tier of English football in the first time in their 135-year history, and has since proposed plans for an expansion of the stadium to 38,000 seats [1]. Having guided Reading to the Premier League Madejski is ready to sell up, so long as the offer is a good one. He said "The brand is getting stronger all the time and if there is a billionaire who wants a nice accessory down the M4 then come and talk to me. Apart from Manchester United, unless you've got a sugar daddy with really deep pockets, you're wasting your time." [2] The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ... Reading Football Club are an association football club, based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. ... The Madejski Stadium is a football stadium in Reading, England. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Reading Football Club are an association football club, based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. ... Reading Football Club are an association football club, based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The M4 motorway is a motorway in Great Britain linking London with Wales. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ...


He is also a benefactor to the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, London and in 2004 had the John Madejski Fine Rooms at Burlington House named after him in recognition of a contribution of £3 million to the institution. A sculpture by Edgar Degas, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, he purchased at Sotheby's in 2004 is also on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms. The John Madejski Centre for Reputation at Henley Management College, the new garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a lecture theatre at the University of Reading and a gallery at the Museum of Reading also bear his name. He has recently contributed to the running of Thamesbridge College, Reading, which re-opened in September 2006 under the new name of the John Madejski Academy. This article refers to an art institution in London. ... Piccadilly is a major London street, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to Piccadilly Circus in the east. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burlington House is a courtyard building off Picadilly in London. ... Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (IPA ), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. ... Degass Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, c. ... Sothebys (NYSE: BID) is the worlds second oldest international auction house in continuous operation. ... Henley Management College is an English triple accredited business school based at Greenlands, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. ... The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) is on the corner of Cromwell Gardens and Exhibition Road in South Kensington, west London. ... The University of Reading is a Red brick, campus university in the English town of Reading, UK. Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. ... The Museum of Reading is located in the old Town Hall in Reading in the English county of Berkshire. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ...


Madejski is active in politics: he has contributed extensively to the Conservative Party and was vociferous in his calls for the removal of the then party leader Iain Duncan Smith in 2003. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Rt. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He owns a large number of luxury cars, owning a couple of Rolls-Royces, two Bentleys, four Jaguars, an AC Cobra and a pair of Ferraris, including a red 328 which sits inside a glass case in the gym of his home. Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by: Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973) Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (2003-present) // Rolls-Royce cars Rolls-Royce Limited vehicles 1904-1906 10 hp 1905-1905 15 hp 1905-1908 20 hp 1905-1906 30 hp 1905-1906... Bentleys winged B badge and hood ornament Bentley Motors Limited is a British based manufacturer of luxury automobiles and Grand Tourers. ... Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer, originally with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ferrari is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello and Modena, Italy. ... The Ferrari 308 GTB (and similar 208 and later 328) were mid-engined sports cars that made up the lower end of the companys range. ...


Madejski has two children, but has never married. He made front-page headlines in UK tabloid newspapers in October 2004 due to his alleged romantic attachment with singer and TV star Cilla Black. The pair became friends due to their mutual affiliation with the Conservative Party. On 3 March 2007, Madejski was shown on the BBC programme Match of the Day seated between Cilla and Chris Tarrant watching the Reading F.C. game against Arsenal F.C. at the Empires Stadium. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cover of Cilla Blacks 1966 album Cilla Sings a Rainbow. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Match of the Day (sometimes abbreviated as MotD) is the BBCs main football television programme. ... Christopher John Tarrant OBE (born 10 October 1946, Reading, Berkshire) is an English radio broadcaster, television presenter and war lord, now best known for hosting the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. // Tarrant was educated at the Kings School, Worcester (1960-4) where he excelled at... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ...


Honours

  • In 2000 Madejski was awarded the OBE in "recognition of his contribution to Reading Football Club and the Reading community". He is also Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire.
  • In 2006 he was admitted as a Freeman of the Borough "in recognition of the distinguished service rendered to the Borough of Reading, by his contribution to the growth and success of football in Reading, and by his support for education and arts".

He was immortalised in fiction in Patrick Robinson's book Ghost Force when he and a fictional Siberian oil tycoon and governor who was also the President of Barcelona Football Club plan to make an attempt to purchase Arsenal Football Club. However the tycoon is murdered by the Russian Government before the Arsenal-Barcelona game at the Emirates Stadium which Arsenal win. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... This is an incomplete list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Freedom of the City is an award made by some municipalities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States and Italy to esteemed members of its community; such people may then be termed Freemen or Freewomen of the City. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ...


In July 2007, Madejski was made the Chancellor-elect of the University of Reading - to succeed to the post in December 2007 on the retirement of The Lord Carrington, the 6th and present Chancellor [1]. The University of Reading is a Red brick, campus university in the English town of Reading, UK. Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. ... Lord Carrington wearing his robes as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, in procession to St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle for the annual service of the Order of the Garter. ...


References

  1. ^ "Reading stadium vision unveiled", BBC News, 2006-10-11. Retrieved on 2006-12-09. 
  2. ^ "John Madejski: 'Without deep pockets you are wasting your time'", The Independent, 2006-12-09. Retrieved on 2006-12-09. 

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John Madejski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (426 words)
Madejski became chairman of Football League club Reading F.C. in 1990, and has given his name to the club's Madejski Stadium, built in 1998 with £25 million largely contributed by him.
The John Madejski Centre for Reputation at Henley Management College, the new garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a lecture theatre at the University of Reading and a gallery at the Museum of Reading also bear his name.
Madejski is active in politics: he has contributed extensively to the Conservative Party and was vociferous in his calls for the removal of the then party leader Iain Duncan Smith in 2003.
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