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Barry Hearn

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Barry Hearn
Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2015-02-08 05.jpg
German Masters 2015
Born 19 June 1948 (age 69)
Dagenham, Essex, England
Nationality English
Occupation Sports promoter
Years active 1973�present
Organization Matchroom Sport
Known for Sports promotion (snooker, darts, boxing, football, table tennis)
Spouse(s) Susan Hearn
Children Eddie Hearn, Katie
Barry Maurice William Hearn (born 19 June 1948)[1][2][3] is an English sporting
events promoter and the founder and chairman of promotions company Matchroom Sport.

Through Matchroom, Hearn is also involved in many sports, including pool, tenpin
bowling, golf (see PGA EuroPro Tour), table tennis[4] and fishing. Hearn is
currently the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, and was also until
July 2010 chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
(WPBSA). Also, until July 2014, was the chairman of Leyton Orient F.C.

Contents [hide]
1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 Snooker
1.3 Boxing
1.4 Darts
1.5 Football
1.6 Fishing
2 Personal life
3 References
4 External links
Biography[edit]
Early life[edit]
Born in 1948 on a council estate in Dagenham, Essex,[3] and educated at Buckhurst
Hill County High School. He worked and then ran a series of small businesses as a
teenager, from washing cars to picking fruit and vegetables.[3]

After qualifying as an accountant, Hearn took over the role of finance director to
a design company based in Kensal Green, called Deryck Healey Associates (circa
1973). He formed a new firm, Kensal House Investments, and DHA became Deryck Healey
International (DHI).

Snooker[edit]
In the early 1970s, looking for a property investment, Hearn bought a snooker hall
in Romford, Greater London. The same year, the BBC began promoting snooker on BBC1
in colour television, resulting in queues of people wanting to play snooker.[3]
Hearn and business partner Deryck John Healey then bought Lucania Billiard Halls,
which formed the basis of his future career, promoting snooker via colour
television.

Hearn began promoting sporting events in 1974, working with amateur snooker players
Geoff Foulds, father of Neal Foulds, and Vic Harris. In 1976, he became manager of
Steve Davis, who went on to win the World Championship six times.

Hearn prospered from the snooker boom of the 1980s when he formed Matchroom with
players Davis and Tony Meo. Later Matchroom snooker players include Terry
Griffiths, Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, Neal Foulds, Jimmy White, Cliff Thorburn
and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Hearn appeared alongside many Matchroom players in the video
for "Snooker Loopy", a hit for "rockney" pop rock duo Chas & Dave.

Until July 2010, Hearn was chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker
Association. In June 2010, following a vote by the members, Hearn took a
controlling interest in the organisation's commercial arm, World Snooker Limited
with a view to revitalising the game.[5]

Boxing[edit]
Hearn moved into boxing in 1987, his first promotion being the Frank Bruno versus
Joe Bugner bout at White Hart Lane in October 1987. He offered the television
rights to Greg Dyke of London Weekend Television for L200,000, who agreed to pay
L250,000 because he didn't believe Hearn could deliver for the quoted price.[3]

Hearn has since promoted many leading British and Irish boxers, including Chris
Eubank, Nigel Benn, Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed, Steve Collins and Herbie Hide.[3]

Hearn withdrew his boxers Herbie Hide and Steve Collins from the High Noon in Hong
Kong event at the last minute, scheduled on 22 October 1994, when promoter John
Daly could not come up with the purses.[6] Hearn said, "But to be honest I was very
pleased with myself in Hong Kong. I stood my ground. How many others would
have?"[7]

In April 2008 Hearn introduced the Prizefighter series, a knockout tournament


featuring 8 different boxers in a sort of last man standing competition. His son
Eddie now manages the boxing side of the business.[3]

Darts[edit]
Hearn is the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, one of darts' two
governing bodies, the sport having been split since the world's leading players
left the British Darts Organisation in 1992. He has made several attempts to buy
out the rival body, which would reunify the game, but has been unsuccessful.[8]

Football[edit]
Hearn was the chairman of the football league club Leyton Orient from 1995 to 2014.
Before Hearn's takeover the club was facing a financial disaster due to the
collapse of the then chairman Tony Wood's coffee business in Rwanda at the time of
the Rwandan Genocide. Hearn's intervention and financial input assured the club's
future. Although Hearn has been successful in stabilising the club financially, his
tenure included the club's longest run in the bottom division (the fourth tier) of
the Football League since its creation (in 1958). At the culmination of the 2005�06
season, Orient earned promotion to the third tier of English league football
(League One), their first automatic promotion since the 1969�70 season.

In April 2017, Hearn resigned as honorary president of Leyton Orient registering


his disapproval of the new owner, Francesco Becchetti, who he claimed had "not
played by the rules" leaving Leyton Orient players and staff unpaid for March 2017.
[9]

Fishing[edit]
Hearn is an enthusiastic fisherman. After watching the first recording of Wrestle
Mania in Ockenden, he pitched the idea of Fish-o-Mania to Greg Dyke at LWT. Turned
down, he sold the idea to Sky Sports, establishing a successful now 19-year
television franchise.[3]

Personal life[edit]
Married to Susan, the couple have two children, Katie and Eddie Hearn.[3] After
nearly going bankrupt in the early 1990s, and suffering a heart attack in 2002, he
returned to become a multi-millionaire.[3]

References[edit]
Jump up ^ http://economia.icaew.com/news/september-2014/accountancy-rich-list-75-
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Jump up ^ "Snooker chief Barry Hearn answers your questions". BBC Sport. 4 April
2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j "Barry Hearn: The People's Promoter". BBC Two. 6
May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
Jump up ^ Osborne, Chris (2 January 2013). "BBC Sport - Ping pong and Barry Hearn
collide at Alexandra Palace". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
Jump up ^ "Barry Hearn wins vote to take control of World Snooker". BBC Sport. 2
June 2010. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
Jump up ^ "Boxing: Everybody blames each other for fight fiasco: High Noon in Hong
Kong promised much but delivered only grief, as Harry Mullan discovered".
Independent.co.uk. 24 October 1994. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
Jump up ^ "Boxing: Hearn rides the blows: As boxing fights to restore its
credibility, a 46-year-old former champion steps back in the front line while the
man at the centre of the fiasco in Hong Kong is determined to rise again after High
Noon: Simon O'Hagan meets the promoter who refuses to be knocked out of his
stride". Independent.co.uk. 30 October 1994. Archived from the original on 28 April
2010. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
Jump up ^ "BDO counties reject takeover bid by Barry Hearn's PDC". BBC Sport. 31
January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
Jump up ^ "Barry Hearn quits as Leyton Orient honorary president as EFL demands
club response". BBC Sport. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
External links[edit]
Matchroom Sport
December 2005 BBC article about Hearn and Leyton Orient
SportAndTechnology.com interview
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