Theo was born in Cyprus in 1959. His business empire spans retail, property, finance and consumer goods. Having left school at the age of 16 with no qualifications, due to his dyslexia, he began work as a filing clerk in a Lloyds of London brokerage.
Realising very quickly that filing was not his forte, he left and took up a job working for Watches of Switzerland where he discovered his passion for retail. A few years later the opportunity arose for Theo to return to insurance in a more customer-facing role where he gained invaluable experience in finance and property.
Returning once more to his passion for retail he revived the fortunes of notable high street names such as Ryman, Partners the Stationers, Stationery Box, La Senza, Contessa Lingerie and, more recently, the home and garden retailer Robert Dyas. In addition, in the Spring of 2011 he launched what has now become the multi award winning, global lingerie brand Boux Avenue.