Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin £44m richer after election result

13 December 2019, 21:08 | Updated: 13 December 2019, 22:32

Tim Martin, Chairman of JD Wetherspoon with Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Tim Martin, Chairman of JD Wetherspoon with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

The boss of Wetherspoons was made £44 million richer on Friday after shares in his company jumped by nearly 10% following the election result.

Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin actually supported Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party, who failed to win a single seat at the General Election, but he nonetheless benefitted from the rise in his company's shares.

With the stock market soaring following the result, shares in Wetherspoons jumped nearly 10% by lunchtime on Friday, meaning Mr Martin's 32% stake is now worth £531 million.

On Thursday night it was worth £487 million, meaning - on paper at least - the outspoken Brexiteer saw his fortune jump by £44 million.

A Wetherspoons share is now worth 1,619p, up from 1,482p.

Nigel Farage, who Tim Martin supported in the election, leaving a Wetherspoons pub
Nigel Farage, who Tim Martin supported in the election, leaving a Wetherspoons pub. Picture: PA

Mr Martin has been one of the few business leaders to voice his support of Brexit - putting him at odds with the majority of other companies, who continue to warn that the new government must provide clarity on the future relationship with the EU.

Using his Wetherspoons magazine to put forward his case for Brexit, the pub group also spent £94,856 on Brexit beer mats and other publications.

The boss has vowed to remove EU drinks from menus - although favourites including Guinness from Ireland and Prosecco from Italy are expected to stay.

Earlier this week, Wetherspoons also announced plans to invest more than £200 million in pubs and hotels over the next four years, creating around 10,000 jobs, as well as enlarging existing pubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Most of the investment will be channelled into developments in small and medium-sized towns, but will also include larger towns and cities.

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