Benjamin David Francis is the co-founder and CEO of Gymshark, a British fitness apparel and accessories manufacturer and retailer. He founded the company with his friend Lewis Morgan in 2012 and remains the majority owner of Gymshark. As of April 2023, Forbes estimates Ben Francis' net worth to be $1.3 billion.
Benjamin began his career working as a delivery boy at Pizza Hut. While there, he developed two fitness applications known as the Fat Loss Abs Guide and iPhysique. In 2012, at the age of 19, he co-founded Gymshark, a fitness supplement selling website, and left his job at Pizza Hut.
After six weeks, Francis made his first sale and later started designing and selling fitness apparel on his company's website. In 2013, he exhibited Gymshark's products at the BodyPower fitness trade show in Birmingham, which helped his company's development. He also marketed his brand through social media influencers, and Gymshark started to rapidly grow. Currently, Gymshark sells its products in 131 countries.
In 2015, Ben left the CEO position to handle the positions of chief marketing officer, chief brand officer, and chief product officer. In 2019, the company launched its own gym and innovation hub named Gymshark Lifting Club in Birmingham. In 2021, Ben once again took over as the CEO. Gymshark has been named in The Sunday Times Fast Track of fast-growing private companies since 2016. Francis has also been named in the Forbes 2023 youngest billionaires list and ranked as the 2259th richest person in the world in Forbes 2023 annual world's billionaires list.
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Benjamin David Francis was born on June 4th, 1992 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. He completed his schooling at South Bromsgrove High School and studied international business and management at Aston University. Benjamin is married to Robin Gallant, and they have two children.