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Steve Oliver

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Name: Steve Oliver

Age: 40

Company: Entertainment Magpie, Europe’s largest purchaser and multi-channel retailer of replay CDs, DVDs and games. The company consists of online recycling website musicMagpie.co.uk.

Turnover: ?65m

First job: Junior auditor (yawn!).

Dream job: CEO of Manchester City Football Club.

Car: Audi Q7

Economy, business or first class: Definitely business class at least (only for the leg room, you understand).

Most extravagant purchase: My latest signed Manchester City FC piece of memorabilia!

Most-played song on your iPod: “I am the Resurrection” by Stone Roses.

Best business book: Tough Calls by Allan Leighton.

Worst business moment: The professional and personal heartbreak at the end of Music Zone, the entertainment retailer I used to run.

Proudest business moment: The joy and pride on the birth, growth and prospering of musicMagpie.

Your business mentor: My chairman, Allan Leighton.

Next big thing: £100m turnover for musicMagpie, with further international growth.

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