John De Mol

John De Mol

Dutch media mogul and billionaire
Date of Birth: 24.04.1955
Country: Netherlands

Biography of John de Mol

John de Mol, the Dutch media magnate and billionaire, is one of the founders of major and highly popular television companies such as Endemol and Talpa. He is also the manager of a large investment fund, which owns a significant number of shares in the automotive corporation Spyker, the football team Manchester United, and the telecommunications company Versatel.

Born on April 24, 1955, in Hilversum, John de Mol is currently one of the wealthiest individuals on the planet and is ranked among the richest people in the world by Forbes magazine, with an estimated net worth of approximately $2.2 billion. Besides his business ventures, John is also involved in various philanthropic activities.

John de Mol co-founded the television companies Endemol and Talpa, with Endemol being particularly successful. His sister, Linda de Mol, an actress, provides significant support to John in his production endeavors. She hosts some of his programs, including the highly popular show "Deal or No Deal."

Endemol was established in 1994 through the merger of television companies owned by John de Mol and another well-known television producer. The name of the newly formed company was derived from the combination of the names and surnames of its founders. Endemol gained immense popularity and success with the television show "Big Brother." After the show was aired in the United States, it was exported to other countries where it also achieved great success. In 2000, Endemol was sold to the Spanish corporation Telefonica, a media and telecommunications company, for €5.5 billion, and John lost his majority position among the shareholders. However, he remained the creative director of Endemol until 2004.

In May 2007, John de Mol once again became the majority shareholder of the company, partnering with Mediaset, the media company owned by Silvio Berlusconi. Another venture of John de Mol is Talpa, a television company that was later renamed Tien. It previously held exclusive rights to broadcast radio and television coverage of major Dutch football matches, among other privileges.

In August 2007, Tien and its broadcasting rights were sold to the well-known organization RTL. John de Mol continues to be actively involved in the media industry and remains a prominent figure in the world of television.