|Net worth £140 million (2014)|
Name John Griffin
|Full Name John Patrick Griffin|
Born 1 August 1942 (age 73) (1942-08-01)
Occupation Businessman, philanthropist
Children Liam Griffin Kieran Griffin
Education Finchley Catholic High School
John Patrick Griffin (born 1 August 1942) is a British businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of Addison Lee.
John Patrick Griffin was born on 1 August 1942 in the UK to a civil engineering contractor father. He was raised in Kilburn from 9 years old attending Finchley Catholic High School. However, he left school with no qualifications after contracting tuberculosis from drinking the milk of a cow he had milked on a school visit to a farm.
While training as an accountant, his father's road and sewer building business got into financial difficulty. Griffin left accountancy training to help salvage the business with some success. During this period, and wanting a flexible job to create extra income, Griffin started working as a minicab driver which turned into a full-time job. Griffin eventually decided to move on from driving minicabs, deciding he could do a better job of running a minicab business. Together with another driver, he set about starting a company which today is known as West One Cars. However, Griffin was convinced to stay on with his original employer after his salary was quadrupled and only later decided to form his own company.
Griffin was convinced that his new company needed a name which started with an "A" for it to appear early in telephone directory listings. A colleague who lived in a squat in Addison Gardens said people seemed to think this was a very posh address, which Griffin supplemented with Lee. Addison Lee was founded in 1975, with half the company owned by investor Lenny Foster.
In 1976, Griffin founded the Private Hire Car Association in response to the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976. As chairman of the association, Griffin was vocal in the debate that led to the licensing of private hire operators in the UK.
He was featured on the television programme, The Secret Millionaire in December 2009.
He stepped down as Chairman of Addison Lee in 2014, shortly after the Carlyle Group purchased a majority stake in the company.
He is one of the top 20 donors to the Conservative Party.
He is an "Enterprise Fellow" of The Prince's Trust. He has also made charitable contributions to the Variety Club Golf Society.
He resides in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, north of London, with his partner, Rita. He has two sons, Liam and Kieran, who both work for Addison Lee.