Gino Pozzo

Gino Pozzo, born 18 December 1961, is an Italian-born British businessman who owns Watford Football Club and the London Marathon. After working as a banker in Italy, Pozzo set up Tech City News in Britain. He then moved on to property development, becoming chairman of the R&R Group plc.

In 2012 Gino Pozzo bought Watford FC with his brother Gianni and began a campaign to return the club to its former glory.

The Pozzos were also part of a consortium that purchased Udinese Calcio Football Club and Granada FC in 2012 – they sold both clubs in 2015, respectively.

His Achievements

  • In 2012, the Pozzo family bought Watford football club from Laurence Bassini. They then appointed Gianfranco Zola as the first team manager. They also rescued Granada CF from going into administration.
  • In December 2014, Gino and his brother Gianni purchased a controlling stake in Udinese Calcio for $35 million.
  • In 2015, they sold a 70% majority of their stake to Suning Holdings Group for $32 million, continuing to hold a 30% minority in the club.
  • Gino Pozzo is Chairman of Watford Football Club and London Marathon Events Ltd and is Deputy Chairman of R&R Group plc.

His Background

Pozzo’s parents ran a souvenir shop in Rome in the 1960s, where he was born. They moved to England in the early 1970s and bought the ‘Flying Padre’ funfair that had been at Old Trafford football ground before it became a football stadium. Gino Pozzo studied accountancy at Sheffield City Polytechnic and worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers before going into property development. In 1990, he married Simone Swift-Pozzo (née Moschioni); they have two children, Luca and Matteo. His wife is Italian-born but has lived in Britain since she was a child.

His Family

Pozzo’s wife, Simone Pozzo (née Moschioni), is one of the Italian-born founding family members of the Gino Pozzo Textiles Group. Refer to this article for additional information.


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