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|Born||Philip Edward Day
October 1965 (age 51)
|Residence||Edmond Castle, near Brampton, Cumbria, England|
|Known for||CEO and owner, Edinburgh Woollen Mill|
|Net worth||£1.05 billion (April 2016)|
Philip Edward Day (born October 1965) is a British billionaire, the CEO and owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM). Born in Stockport, he did several newspaper rounds as a boy and worked at different times for Coats Viyella, Wensum and Aquascutum before joining Edinburgh Woollen Mill and later leading a management buyout.
Day declined a university place to begin a business career, and worked for Coats Viyella and Wensum, before being headhunted to join Aquascutum at the age of 28. Day stayed at Aquascutum for five years eventually being promoted to joint managing director.
In 2001, Day left Aquascutum and joined Edinburgh Woollen Mill, where he led a buyout backed by Rutland Fund Management, a private equity firm. In 2002, he "seized control" with Royal Bank of Scotland backing his £69 million bid to buy out Rutland.
Day has been married to his wife Debra for 25 years (as of 2012), they live in Edmond Castle, a Tudor-style house near Brampton, Cumbria, England, built 1824 to 1829, and designed by Sir Robert Smirke. Day is keen on shooting, especially pheasant and duck, and has been a director of Carlisle United, the local football club.
They have two daughters and one son. In 2016, their daughter Lauren Day joined the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group board as group development director. In 2010, their daughter Kirstie Day won Miss Cumbria; and a leaked email from EWM's head office to its stores ordered staff to vote for her to become Miss England, "I need and expect all stores to register a minimum of 10 votes today and I mean everybody!"
In 2013, Day was fined £450,000, ordered to pay £457,000 in costs, and called "grossly negligent" by the judge, for clearing part of Gelt Woods, near Brampton, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for a pheasant shoot.