The Oxford Guild is delighted to welcome a very special, high profile and unique guest as its first speaker of the term, Ion Țiriac, billionaire founder of a sprawling business empire that has made him Romania’s richest person and the wealthiest professional tennis player ever, former Grand Slam Tennis champion and Top 10 ranked player, architect of Boris Becker’s rise to fame, coach for Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic and Guilermo Vilas and part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will be speaking in a specially organised event this Sunday 15th October from 12pm. The talk and Q&A session plus reception will take place in the Danson Room of Trinity College and will be in collaboration with the Oxford University Romanian Society.
This is a truly unique and unprecedented opportunity to hear from and ask questions of such a high profile and prestigious speaker with such a fascinating story from the tennis court to the boardroom who is specially visiting Oxford this Sunday to speak to you. DO NOT MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE A HIGHLY INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND EXCITING TALK AND OCCASION where you can hear from and ask questions of the man the Washington Post called ‘Tennis’ Mystery Man’ who made unparalleled successful transition from professional sports to high-stakes business!
Ion Țiriac started out his career as an Olympic Level ice hockey player for then Communist Romania, before making the switch to professional tennis. He became a Top 10 ranked player and won the French Open doubles tournament in 1970 with former world no.1 Ilie Nastase, before becoming a coach for stars like Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina and Guilermo Vilas; as an agent, he orchestrated Boris Becker’s rise to fame in the 1980s, joining the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. After ending his career as a professional tennis player, Mr. Țiriac continued his activity within the sports environment as a coach, promoter, manager, consultant and organiser of tennis tournaments. He is currently the owner of several major tennis tournaments, including the Madrid Mutua Open, one of the biggest sporting events every year. His outspoken opposition to equal women’s pay in tennis has created significant controversy in the past year. After 1989, upon retiring from sport, he build a sprawling business empire in post-communist Romania, including the country’s first private bank and its biggest insurance firm. Building on his sporting experience and contacts, he managed to become the richest Romanian in the world, with an estimated fortune of $1.5 billion that puts him in the global Forbes Top 1000 and he is the first Romanian to appear there. His business empire, Tiriac Holdings, is active in a huge range of areas from finance to real estate and car dealership.
According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, “by definition, the word “character” can describe a person’s peculiarities and eccentricities, which in many aspects aptly summarizes Ion Ţiriac. The man known as ‘Count Dracula’ or the ‘Brasov Bulldozer’, played the part to perfection. From his bushy Fu Manchu mustache to a piercing stare, Ţiriac was an intriguing and unique “character” in tennis, melding a substantial career as a player, coach, and businessman. In early December 2014, Romania-Insider.com reported that Ţiriac had amassed a personal fortune of $2 billion, making him the richest former sportsman in the world, according to Celebrity NetWorth. Not bad for a doubles specialist who made a few million dollars on tour during the 1960s and 1970s, but whose style on and off the court led to celebrity appeal.”
The will be an opportunity for questions and if you would like to ballot for the chance to meet Mr Ţiriac and speak to him directly over drinks and take photos in a private reception please email: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Come on Sunday to learn about Ion Tiriac’s fascinating life journey, and hear his invaluable insights into sports and exciting and unique stories during the course of his career that meant he came to be the richest man tennis has ever spawned! THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!
WHEN: 12pm, Sunday 15th October 2017
WHERE: Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TiriacOxfordTalk