Julian Richer LVO
Julian Richer LVO is an English retail entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, best known as the founder and managing director of Richer Sounds, the UK's largest hi-fi retailer.
Julian opened his first shop near London Bridge aged 19. He has gained a reputation for his motivational style of management and his philanthropic and charitable activities. Julian transferred control of his firm to employees in 2019 and 15% of the profits from Richer Sounds are donated to charities.
Julian has a particular interest in supporting charities involved with human rights, animal welfare, social housing deprivation and fighting injustice. He founded ACTS435 in 2009, an organisation connecting people in need with people who can donate. He founded the charity ASB Help in 2013, which supports victims of anti-social behaviour. In 2018, he founded TaxWatch, dedicated to the research and exposure of aggressive tax avoiding corporations. In 2020, Julian launched the Good Business Charter to encourage businesses to improve their behaviour. In 2021, he launched The Fairness Foundation to explore some of the core issues that need addressing in order to make society fairer.
Julian has written several books, including The Richer Way and The Ethical Capitalist.
Until December 2018 Julian managed and played the drums in the soul/funk/pop group Ten Millennia, who had supported Shakin' Stevens, The Corrs, Texas, Tony Hadley and Jools Holland (the latter thirteen times including at the Albert Hall).
Richer was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 2007.