Oliver Cookson

Founder at Myprotein
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Oliver Cookson (41) is a UK entrepreneur who established the sports nutrition business Myprotein®.

After leaving school, Oliver began, and swiftly departed, roles as a paperboy and in takeaway restaurants, before starting a modern apprenticeship in IT.

In 2004, Oliver used a £500 overdraft to launch a sports supplement idea, which would lay the foundations for a multi-million-pound company. As the driving force behind its inspirational and well documented growth, the bootstrapped Myprotein went onto to become the number one sports nutrition brand in Europe. In 2011, Oliver went on to complete a high-profile sale of Myprotein to The Hut Group for a reported £58m in a cash and shares deal.

Oliver has since founded multiple businesses, including Monocore and OSC Group.

He has been named the UK’s number one self-made millionaire under 40 with a net worth of £306m (Sunday Times Rich List 2019).

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