Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Sir Stelios

Founder of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation

Stelios Philanthropic Foundation UK

Stelios Foundation UK Headquarters
34 Thurloe Square, South Kensington, London, SW7 2SR

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Sir Stelios announces winners of the 16th year of the Disabled Entrepreneur Awards, gifting £200,000 to 3 worthy disabled entrepreneurs

Leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou have unveiled the winners of the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2024 in a ceremony in central London today (Tuesday 9th July) hosted by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. The awards, now in their 16th year, offer a grand total of £200,000 in prizes for 3 disabled […]

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Sir Stelios calls for applications for the Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK as from 7 May 2024

Leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, creator and owner of the easy family of brands including easyJet (see and founder and president of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, are proud to launch the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2024 now in their 16th year.

The Awards offer financial prizes for disabled entrepreneurs in the UK. A top prize of £100,000 and two finalist prizes of £60,000 and £40,000 are up for grabs for this year’s winners, offering £200,000 in cash prizes in total for 2024.
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Mission Statement

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation’s mission is to support a diverse range of good causes in our local communities, that we call close to home – the UK & Ireland, Monaco & France, Greece and Cyprus.
This is the website for the UK activities of the Foundation.


Stelios, born in Athens, Greece, is a dual citizen of the UK and Cyprus. Stelios’ parents were born in Cyprus when the island was a British colony.
Stelios was educated in the UK at the London School of Economics (1987) and City University (1988) and started his best known business at Luton Airport, north of London, UK in 1995.

The easy family of brands managed by easyGroup which is Stelios’ private investment company is now headquartered at 10 Ansdell Street, Kensington, London

Stelios has also created his own philanthropic foundation in the UK (UK Charity No 1441206 & Company No 07567138). It is headquartered at 34 Thurloe Square, South Kensington SW7 2SR. This grade 2 listed building at this prestigious address is available to other UK charities to host their own charitable events there by agreement for free. 

In 2017 Sir Stelios joined the Giving Pledge,  the global movement of philanthropists led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who have committed to give half their fortunes to a good cause , during their life times or by will.
Some of the recurring charity projects in the UK are listed below as well as the latest news and events that are happening in London.

Stelios is best known for creating easyJet and the easyFamily of brands in 1995 in London when he was 28 years old.
Today he and his family are the largest shareholders of easyJet PLC but he also owns the intellectual property rights to the easyFamily of brands including easyJet via his private company easyGroup limited

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