Olly Olsen is co-founder and co-CEO of TOG, one of the largest privately owned occupiers of office space in London. The company has over 40 buildings in the capital, plus outposts in Bristol, Leeds and now Frankfurt. Olly and his business partner, Charlie Green, launched TOG — an acronym for The Office Group — in 2003, pioneering the concept of the modern shared workspace. The concept was driven by a desire to create offices that would stand apart from the competition. That were simpler, much more design-led and generated a real sense of ownership (as well as being greener).
Fourteen years later, in June 2017, the private-equity giant Blackstone bought a majority stake in TOG that valued the company at £500m. “On a personal level, the deal signified 25 years of hard work and good reputation,” says Olsen, who remains, with Green, “fully involved” in TOG.
He’s a massive Arsenal fan, has played futsal for Great Britain (that’s a 5-a-side thing). His main passion is his family. His mantra is ‘happy wife, happy life’, and he acts accordingly to his work family at TOG.