Richard Emanuel

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Richard Emanuel (born 29 October 1967) is a self-made British businessman and investor. He founded his first company DX communications at the age of 23 which grew from a one person start up to an organisation of over 1000 people within a 5 year period. The company was acquired by British Telecom's subsidiary BT Cellnet in September 1999. He has gone on to build a number of successful companies in the technology, wellness and luxury sectors including Lumity Life[1] and Réard[2] Emanuel has received various awards and recognition during his business career including an MBE received from HRH Queen Elisabeth II in 2000. He has also been a member of the Young Presidents' Organization[3] since 2000 and is a past chairman of their Monaco chapter.

Early life[edit]

Richard Emanuel was born on October 29, 1967[4] the son of academics Lois Emanuel (née Lois Metcalfe) and Ronald Emanuel. He spent his early life in the city of Glasgow attending Hutchesons' Grammar School.[5] He was active in sports exceling in both boxing and swimming.

Early career[edit]

He founded his first company DX communications which was in the cellular telecoms sector at the age of 23.[6][7] The company was a one person start up and was funded initially by his own savings[8] and a 500 pounds loan from his Grandmother Ivy. Over a 5 year period the company grew to an organisation of over 1000 people with operations across the UK. In September 1999 the company was acquired by British Telecom's subsidiary BT Cellnet for a reported 42M pounds.[6] Emanuel remained active in the telecom and technology sector through the 2000's building a number of companies in mainland Europe and North Africa.[9]

Business career[edit]

Emanuel's main business and investment focus is in the fashion, luxury and wellness sectors. He is the owner of Réard the brand famous for inventing the bikini in 1946 and adorned by such iconic women as Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Ursula Andress.[10][11] He has been quoted as saying that his aim with Réard is to build a global luxury brand for women in the swim and resort wear sector.[12] He is also the founder Lumity Life a company in the wellness and anti-ageing sector whose product has been supported by both Yasmin Le Bon[13] and Helena Christensen among a number of other celebrities and wellness influencers.

Personal life[edit]

In 2008 Emanuel married Judith Halmshaw[14] a business women and recent founder of the men's yoga wear brand Warrior Addict.[15] The couple who have two children separated in 2016. They maintain separate residences in the Principality of Monaco and remain on good terms.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emanuel has received various business awards and honours throughout his career including an MBE presented by HRH Queen Elisabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2000.[16][17]


  1. ^ Lumity Life website
  2. ^ Réard website
  3. ^ Young President Organisation website
  4. ^ "Richard John Metcalfe EMANUEL". Companies House. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ringing the changes". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. July 17, 1996. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "UK: Scotland Phone firms ring up £42m deal". BBC Online Network. September 6, 1999. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ Greenwood, Michael (February 26, 1998). "Fast Track: CV: Richard Emanuel founder and MD of mobile phone retailer DX communications". Independent. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Entrepreneur of the year: Richard Emanuel". Pride of Britain Awards. 1999. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ Tomkinson, Martin (February 21, 2008). "The UK's richest young entrepreneurs: Top ten". The Telegraph. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ Emanuel, Richard (May 2, 2017). "One piece: Relaunching the bikini". Knight Frank. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ Vautard, Céline (May 17, 2017). "Réard : la marque du créateur du bikini se relance". FashionUnited. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Young, Vicky M. (March 8, 2017). "Swimwear Brand Réard to Be Reintroduced Globally This Spring". WWD. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ Ranscombe, Sian (July 28, 2016). "Yasmin Le Bon shares her looking-good secrets". The Telegraph. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Weddings" (PDF). The magazine of the Anglican church of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  15. ^ Warrior Addict website
  16. ^ "48 Richard Emanuel". The Scotsman. December 1, 2002. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ "The Queen's birthday honours". BBC News. June 16, 2000. Retrieved June 15, 2017.