Top honour for music mogul from Hastings

Simon Fuller
Simon Fuller
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A local boy who went on to conquer the music business managing the Spice Girls and steering David Beckham’s career will receive a top honour from the University of Brighton.

Simon Fuller, one of the UK’s richest entrepreneurs, will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

The 54-year-old, who also created the Pop Idol franchise, has built an estimated fortune of £382 million, according to the last Sunday Times Rich List.

In the last 20 years Mr Fuller has also launched two fashion labels, managed the career of 90s sensation the Spice Girls, as well as founding the British management firm, XIX Entertainment, which represents stars such as Andy Murray, Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton, and cycling’s Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Mr Fuller grew up in Hastings and attended grammar school in town where his father was headmaster.

He is to receive his doctorate on Thursday (July 31) during the university’s summer graduation awards at the Brighton Dome where he will be recognised for his business acumen and his associations with charitable initiatives including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, The Prince’s Trust, The United Nations Foundation, UNICEF and Comic Relief.

The entertainment mogul is also a founding trustee of Malaria No More.

John Shaw, from regeneration firm Sea Space, will be also presented with a Masters of Law by the University of Brighton on August 1 in recognition of his major contribution in the field of urban and economic regeneration.

Glenn Poole, university spokesman, said: “John has been a major contributor to the regeneration of Hastings and is a strong supporter of the establishment and development of the University of Brighton in Hastings.

“He set up Sea Space, the company which delivered the economic regeneration plan for Hastings and Bexhill.”