Lord Waheed Alli

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"Millionaire Waheed Alli, given a life peerage at the age of 34 in 1998, became the youngest and first openly gay peer in Parliament, and a man that Prime Minister Tony Blair believed could help him reach out to a younger generation...

"Lord Alli was seen as the antithesis of the stereotypical "establishment" peer - young, Asian and from the world of media and entertainment...

"In the mid-1980s Alli, living in fashionable Islington, got a job in the City and began earning big money.

"But he got bored of investment banking and formed a television production company with Charlie Parsons, a rising star of television.

"They teamed up with Bob Geldof in 1992 to form Planet 24 Productions, and through a series of shrewd deals - including their audacious win of Channel Four's breakfast slot - made a lot of money." [1]

"He is a co-director of Castaway Television Productions, which controls all aspects of the "Survivor" format sales worldwide, and all its ancillary businesses...

"He is also a director of Shine Limited an independent production company formed with Elizabeth Murdoch, and Chairman of Chorion PLC an intellectual rights owner, and a non-exec director of other businesses.

"In 1998 he was appointed as a working Labour peer, and is active in The House of Lords.

"He is also a trustee of The Elton John Aids Foundation, and vice president of UNICEF." [2]

"He is currently Chairman of Silvergate which was founded 2011. Silvergate is a media company that specialises in children's TV, publishing and merchandising. Lord Alli is currently a non-executive director of Olga Productions, a patron of The Elton John Aids Foundation, Chancellor of De Montfort University, President of the National Youth Theatre and a Trustee of WNET Channel 13 in New York." [3]


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  1. Profile: Lord Waheed Alli, BBC, accessed July 16, 2010.
  2. About, castawaytelevision, accessed July 16, 2010.
  3. ASOS Board, organizational web page, accessed October 20, 2012.
  4. FPA FPA presidents and patrons, organizational web page, accessed May 16, 2012.
  5. De Montfort University Board of Governors, organizational web page, accessed October 20, 2012.