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Born: Mid­dles­brough, 1958 (Age 57) Born and raised in Mid­dles­brough, Gibson spent his early years watch­ing Boro at Ayre­some Park along­side child­hood friend and fu­ture player Chris Ka­mara.

Gibson aban­doned his own am­bi­tions of play­ing pro foot­ball and, in 1979, be­came the town’s youngest Labour coun­cil­lor at the age of 21.

Two years later, he bor­rowed £2,000 from his par­ents and set up Bulkhaul Limited, a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in trans­port­ing chem­i­cals and com­mer­cial goods around the world.

Now part of the wider Gibson O’Neill Group, Bulkhaul has helped Gibson amass a per­sonal for­tune worth an es­ti­mated £205m, mak­ing him – as of 2014 – the eighth-rich­est per­son in the north-east. A Mid­dles­brough direc­tor from the age of 26, Gibson re­sponded to the club’s fi­nan­cial melt­down by form­ing a con­sor­tium of lo­cal busi­ness­man in 1986. With clo­sure im­mi­nent, he man­aged to raise £1.25m and save the club, even­tu­ally be­com­ing chair­man in 1994.

Hav­ing first ap­pointed Bryan Rob­son as manager, the fol­low­ing sea­son saw a move to the River­side Sta­dium and pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League, fol­lowed by three Wem­b­ley fi­nals in the space of 12 months.

Rel­e­gated in 1997, Boro bounced straight back and in 2004 won their first ma­jor tro­phy, the League Cup, fol­lowed in 2006 by a run to the UEFA Cup fi­nal where they lost 4-0 to Sevilla. Gibson was given the free­dom of the city.

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