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The Gentleman's Journal brings you exclusive interviews with the world's most interesting businessmen, tastemakers and raconteurs. Hosted by Joseph Bullmore.

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The Gentleman's Journal brings you exclusive interviews with the world's most interesting businessmen, tastemakers and raconteurs. Hosted by Joseph Bullmore.

    Gentleman's Journal Meets... Henry Lloyd-Hughes, actor

    Gentleman's Journal Meets... Henry Lloyd-Hughes, actor

    Henry Lloyd-Hughes is an actor, designer and thoroughly nice chap. He's also the first guest on Gentleman’s Journal Meets..., our new podcast series where we celebrate the most fascinating people we’ve met at Gentleman’s Journal Towers this month. 
    We recorded this episode in late February, and Henry was in the middle of filming The Irregulars, a new Netflix series in which he stars as none other than Sherlock Holmes. But you'll probably know him as the psychopathic tech founder Aaron Peel in Killing Eve, or as Alfred Lyttleton in The English Game — or even as ruffian Mark Donovan in The Inbetweeners.  
    It’s a fascinating conversation, not least because Henry is so candid and honest about the gory details of the acting game. In it, we talk about NE Blake, the style brand that was inspired by Henry's great-grandfather; how he was largely cut from the Harry Potter series; why acting is just like cricket; and how his first ever role ended in him vomiting all over a caravan. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr
    Embrace megalomania — Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! Sushi

    Embrace megalomania — Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! Sushi

    Our guest on today’s episode is Simon Woodroffe, the founder of YO! Sushi. Simon had never opened a restaurant before when he launched YO! Sushi in Soho in 1997 — and at first, it seemed like the robot waiters, smoke-extracting ashtrays and raw fish served off conveyor belts might be too much for Londoners to get their heads around.
    But they soon fell in love with it, of course — and it was Simon’s gung-ho spirit and experimental ideas, in fact, that made the brand such a colossal hit. We recorded this episode on Simon’s beautiful house boat on Cheyne Walk on the Thames — and the conversation bobbed along nicely from Simon’s early days as a set designer for rock and roll acts, to the reasons why he decide to leave Dragons Den, and even his dream to bring private islands to the masses. Enjoy!
     

    • 49 min
    Bill Browder — Putin's Public Enemy Number One

    Bill Browder — Putin's Public Enemy Number One

    Our guest on today’s episode is Bill Browder, the American financier, author and activist — and Vladimir Putin’s public enemy number one.
    This is one of the most eye opening and poignant episodes we’ve ever recorded. Bill is, like all of our guests, an incredible entrepreneur and business person — in fact, he set up and ran perhaps the most successful hedge fund of all time. But it’s what Bill did after this initial success that really places him in a category of one — and, as you’ll hear, his incredible story takes in crooked plutocrats, exorbitant wealth, international intrigue, torture, imprisonment, tragedy and, in the end, a bold and ingenious bid for justice. 
    Our thanks to Mark's Club for playing host

    • 54 min
    Never stop learning — Tej Lalvani, CEO of Vitabiotics (and Dragon!)

    Never stop learning — Tej Lalvani, CEO of Vitabiotics (and Dragon!)

    Our guest today is Tej Lalvani, the formidable CEO of Vitabiotics. Vitabiotics is a brilliant British success story — it was set up by Tej’s father in 1971, and has since grown to be the biggest vitamin company in the United Kingdom. You’ll probably know it because it keeps David Gandy looking so handsome on all those billboards and tube adverts across the capital — but Vitabiotics and their marquee products have millions of daily advocates who aren't underwear models, too.
    Tej is also a Dragon on Dragon’s Den, which is a first for us and is incredibly exciting — not least because he reveals some of the most intimate secrets of the Den during our conversation. We also talk about his first job at McDonalds and his love of Fillet'o'Fish; the success of Vitabiotics' innovative new gummy products; and Tej's secret life as a house music producer — if you don’t believe me, just search Tej Lalvani on Spotify and thank me later. Enjoy the episode.

    • 46 min
    Resilience is everything — John Caudwell, founder of Phones 4U

    Resilience is everything — John Caudwell, founder of Phones 4U

    Our guest on today’s episode is John Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4u and super philanthropist. John is an incredible entrepreneur, and he was at the cutting edge of telecoms throughout its earliest, wildest days. Some of his war stories from the first years of Phones 4u are incredible — like the time Motorola tried to destroy his entire business with a single dastardly deal. But John survived, of course, and built Phones 4u into a high street staple, before selling it in 2006 for just under $1.5 billion. Today, most of his efforts are spent on Philanthropy, and this, as you’ll hear, gives him more satisfaction than anything else. Enjoy.   

    • 50 min
    Sex sells — Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens

    Sex sells — Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens

    Emma Sayle is the founder of Killing Kittens, and one of the world’s leading “sex-entrepreneurs”. You might know Killing Kittens as the brand behind a world of high-end sex parties that put female empowerment at their core — perhaps you've even been to one of their events. 
    The company turns 15-years-old this year, has more than 80,000 active members, and turns over many multiples of millions, as you’ll find out — so it’s heartening to learn it was born out of a three day party with no sleep on the island of Ibiza. 
    In a brilliant episode of the podcast, we spoke about the importance of having a thick skin; the reactions of Emma’s friends and family when they first learned of the idea; and the incredible cross-section of powerful people who attend these remarkable events. Enjoy. 

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