Giles Clarke

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Charles Giles Clarke (born 29 May 1953 in Bristol), is an English businessman and cricket administrator, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.


Clarke was born in Bristol and educated at Rugby School. Clarke graduated from Oriel College, University of Oxford with an MA in Persian with Arabic, reportedly paying his way through from his exploits at gambling. He then spent a year at the University of Damascus Arabic language school.

Business career

Clarke began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1981 he bought from receivership the assets of what was to become Majestic Wine, where, as Chairman, he built it into a UK national chain. From August 1987 to May 1988, Clarke was chairman of Majestic Wine Corporation Inc, a United States company which owned a chain of 104 stores trading as Liquor Barn in California and Arizona. Following disposal of the US based businesses, he sold the UK plc business of Majestic Wines for £15 million in 1989. In 1990 he founded Pet City, where, as CEO, he built it into a chain of 94 stores (also dressing up at Xmas in the Swindon Store). After taking the business public in 1995, he sold the...
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