Twenty years ago, as he settled down to sleep in the back of an old van amid box upon box of training shoes, not even the sweetest of dreams could have allowed Tom Hunter to escape his dark, cramped reality and imagine himself in a position to give away a billion pounds. 
Today, investments in retail, commercial property, shopping centres, and licensed premises also contribute to his extensive portfolio. His immense wealth came from the Sports Division chain of sports shops, which he founded in 1984 and sold to JJB Sports in 1998. The tycoon has continued to accumulate wealth through the West Coast Capital private equity partnership he founded in 2001. 
Hunter is an ardent supporter of fellow entrepreneurs and passionate about making Scotland a more enterprising nation. He and his wife Marion established The Hunter Foundation (THF) in 1998. Tom was awarded a doctorate by Strathclyde University in late 2001 where he is a visiting alumni.