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$1.6 Million
Apr 4, 1969 (55 years old)
Edmonton, London
United Kingdom
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Karren Brady is an English businesswoman, journalist, author and media personality who has a net worth of $40 million. Karren Brady is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and the current vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C. Over the years, a common misconception about Karren's wealth has proliferated. You can find numerous outlets that claim she sold her stake in Birmingham F.C. in 2009 for £81.5 million. That's not accurate. In October 2009, David Sullivan, the man she convinced to buy the club in 1993 for around $1 million, sold the franchise for £81.5 million.

Karen was only 18 with no college degree, when she landed a job in advertising first at Saatchi & Saatchi. She then moved onto the London Broadcasting Company (LBC) as a sales executive. By the time she turned 20, Brady joined Sport Newspapers Ltd where she became one of the directors within a year.

Dubbed "The First Lady of Football", she took up an appointment at Birmingham City as Managing Director in March 1993. Holding the post until 2009, Brady turned the Club's fortunes around. Thus, she was named the youngest managing director of a UK plc in 1997, as well as she became the first woman to have a position in the top flight of English football in 2002.

In January 2010 she became Vice-Chairman of West Ham United. Furthermore, Karren Brady is the columnist for several notable printed editions including The Sun newspaper and the popular magazine Women & Home. She has also published a number of books, two of which are novels. Highly respected for her work, Karren Brady is a notable motivational public speaker as well. But her appointments don't end there as she is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and the Sports Industry Awards, as well as Red Magazine Women Awards and Women & Home Women Awards.


Karren Brady's base salary at West Ham is around $1.6 million. In a typical year she also receives a roughly $1 million bonus.

Early Life

Karren Brady was born on April 4, 1969 in Edmonton, London, England to parents Terry and Rita Brady. Her father was Irish while her mother was Italian. She grew up with her older brother, Darren. She attended Salcombe Preparatory School in Southgate and then Poles Convent, a boarding school in Ware, Hertfordshire. She then attended Aldenham School, Elstee, which was a boys' school which accepted girls later in their education. This is where she gained four A-levels, which are a British qualification level that high school students complete in different subject areas prior to university.


Brady began her career as a trainee at the advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi. She had applied for a journalism program at Harlow College but had been rejected. A year later, she joined the London Broadcasting Company as an advertising account executive. She targeted the advertising business of David Sullivan, the owner of the "Daily Sport" and the "Sunday Sport." Sullivan spent millions on advertising in six months and was so impressed with Brady that he gave her a job with "Sport Newspapers."

Brady became a director for Sullivan at the age of 20. While working for him, she saw an advertisement in the "Financial Times" for the sale of Birmingham City F.C. when the soccer club was in receivership. She convinced Sullivan to buy the club and let her run it. He agreed. Brady was only 23 when she started working as the managing director of Birmingham City F.C. in 1993. She remained in this role until October 2009. Sullivan sold the club shortly afterward.

In January 2010, Brady was appointed vice-chairman of West Ham United by new joint-chairman, David Sullivan, who had also moved over to the club. She oversaw West Ham's move from the Boleyn Ground stadium to the Olympic Stadium, which was subsequently renamed London Stadium, in the summer of 2016. This move increased the clubs capacity from 35,000 to 57,000 seats.

Brady has also been the chairman of "Kerrang!," a music magazine. She also had a seat on the board of Sport England. She was a non-executive director at Channel 4 television and then moved to take a position at Syco, the company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony. She also has served on the board of Taveta Investments Ltd. and has worked in a non-executive position with Mothercare.

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Additionally, Brady raised her public profile further in March 2007 when she appeared as a celebrity contestant on "Comic Relief Does The Apprentice." She later appeared as a guest interviewer on a couple of seasons of "The Apprentice." In 2009, she became the assistant of Lord Alan Sugar, the main host of the show.

Brady has additionally pursued a career in politics. She first publicly discussed her interest in politics in 2013. She has since become a Conservative member of the House of Lords and has been a Small Business Ambassador to the UK government.

Throughout her career, Brady has won a number of awards and accolades. In 2006, she was named the "Cosmopolitan" magazine Woman of the Year. The following year, she was named the Revitalise Businesswoman of the Year. In November 2010, she was listed in the business category of "The Sunday Telegraph" 100 Most Powerful Women in Britain list. She was also included in the "Evening Standard" list of London's 1000 Most Influential People of 2010. The same year, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in business from the University of Birmingham. In 2011, she was awarded Britain's Most Inspirational Woman by the Breakthrough for Cancer Inspiration Awards. In 2012, she was awarded the CEO of the Year Award at the Football Business Awards. She received her CBE honor in the 2014 New Year Honours for her services to the British Empire in entrepreneurship and women in business. That year, she was also number 10 on "The Guardian" 50 Most Influential Women List. Additionally, she was elevated to the Lords as Baroness Brady in August 2014.

Personal Life

In 1995, Brady married Canadian soccer player Paul Peschisolido. He played for Birmingham City for two seasons from 1992 to 1994. In 1996, they welcomed a daughter named Sophia. They later had a boy named Paolo. The couple lives in the Knightbridge area of London. They also have a house in Canada and have property in the village of Knowle in the West Midlands.

In 2006, Brady underwent a full-body MRI scan as part of a medical screen. It unexpectedly discovered a potentially fatal cerebral aneurysm. Doctors told her it was a miracle she had survived the births of her two children. In February 2006, she underwent neurosurgery to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing. She made a full recovery and returned to work one month later.

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