Martha Lane-Fox, more commonly known as Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho is the British businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant best known for co-founding lastminute.com at the height of the early noughties’ dotcom boom. The online travel and leisure retailer boasted over half a million regular users only 2 years into its existence, generating immense success which culminated in the company’s acquisition by Sabre Holdings in 2003 for over £577 million.
Following the success of lastminute.com, Fox has served on several public service digital projects, including digital skills charity Go ON.uk. The business titan is also a board member of Twitter and mydeco.com, and also sat on the board of Channel 4 for four years between 2007 and 2011. The Oxford graduate was awarded a CBE in 2013 for ‘services to the digital economy and charity’.
Lane-Fox is now a peer in the House of Lords, and has been listed by Richtopia as one of the 100 most influential British entrepreneurs. She is now based in Marylebone, London where she lives with husband and fellow entrepreneur Chris Gorell Barnes.