Chris Ward – Founder, Blue Dot World
Left school with: 1 ‘O’ level. Followed by art College. Shop assistant at Boots The Chemist, BBC Gramophone Library. Lived on a boat on the Thames. Managed bands. Backpacked from Trans Siberian to Cambodia. Got married & had the ‘FourWard’ kids. Started Beatwax agency (fastest growing PR agency in UK). Discovered Friends Reunited and made them famous (and some money). Won some awards (PR campaign of the year / Innovation in Movie marketing). Started Firstmovies. Sold both successful agencies in 03 (both still going strong). Bought a nice bike and a pile of lycra and mtn bike raced across the Rockies, Alps and S.Africa. Ran 10 marathons. Worked in an orphanage in Mozambique, returned determined to make a difference, became a Samaritan, held an art exhibition. Started a sports social network site, went to Comic Relief and then the World Cup for 1GOAL: the legacy of Education For All. (via a million coffee shops).