‘A humanist in word and deed, Laurie’s sustained generosity through his charitable efforts provides an inspiration for those who seek to make a difference from an entrepreneur’s standpoint. What better crowning achievement to a lifetime of business success than to let the fruits of that success be shared with so many people less fortunate.’
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association
‘Dr Laurie Marsh is a true philanthropist. He has generously supported MSF for many years, showing extraordinary commitment to the organisation. He trusts us to spend the funding as we see fit, allowing us to provide medical aid to the people who need it most, no matter where they are or whether they have hit the headlines. Support from dedicated individuals like Dr Marsh means MSF can be completely independent and impartial, which is central to our values. We wish Dr Marsh every success with his book and look forward to reading his story!’
Hannah Richardson, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF UK)
‘There are many successful entrepreneurs in the world, but few that genuinely share that success to help others. From clothing manufacturer to property magnate, movie producer to champion of charity, Laurie’s tale will astonish, entertain, amaze and inspire as he ultimately reveals the true secret of success – that the only challenge we ever need is the next one.’
The Lord Rix of Whitehall
‘Laurie Marsh is not just a successful entrepreneur. He epitomises how the many years of his business experience can be employed so effectively for philanthropic ends and the benefit of important causes.’
Simon Ross, Chief Executive, Population Matters
Laurie Marsh is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs but you’ve never heard of him until now. Here for the first time is the incredible tale of one of the world’s leading philanthropists; from the streets of Lambeth to the glamour of LA, it’s a compelling true story of rags to riches, and sharing those riches with others From persuading Disney to license their characters for use on raincoats, to convincing film stars to perform in low budget movies, Laurie has carved success from his confident, entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to life. And much of his success has been shared, his philanthropic work reaching the levels of far more public ‘givers’.
Now in his eighties, Laurie still works every day, using his wealth and influence to help as many good causes and charitable organisations as he can, from building community centres to advising the government on how to make the NHS self-sufficient. It’s an inspirational and fascinating story of entrepreneurial success, and commitment to deserving causes. Entertaining, inspiring, educational, Laurie’s story is the unique story of one man’s determination to succeed, then use that success to benefit others.
Laurie Marsh is a philanthropic entrepreneur with a very wide range of commercial and charitable experience ranging over 65 years. Born in 1930 he lived for 8 years in a couple of rooms above a family haberdashers in Lambeth Walk. After army conscription, Laurie then started a plastics manufacturing business and obtained consent to utilise Walt Disney cartoon characters. At the same time he became a director of a family property company, set up a partnership with West End Travel Group, Wakefield Fortune and carried out his first £1 million project in central Derby in 1961 (eventually creating the third largest public property company in the UK).
Laurie has developed and operated hotels, theatres in London and New York, a 150 screen cinema chain, film production, produced over 75 films and founded an international distribution company. He sold the conglomerate business in 1997 and then embarked on multi-million pound philanthropic ventures which are ongoing to this day.