Julian Richer is a retail entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, best known as the founder and managing director of Richer Sounds, the UK's largest hi-fi retailer. He has gained a reputation for his motivational style of management and his philanthropic activities. Julian transferred control of his firm to employees in 2019 and 15% of the profits from Richer Sounds are donated to charities.
Richer has a particular interest in supporting causes involved with human rights, animal welfare, social housing deprivation and fighting injustice. He founded ACTS435 in 2009, an organisation helping people in need. He founded the charity ASB Help in 2013, which supports victims of anti-social behaviour. In 2018 he founded TaxWatch, dedicated to the research and exposure of aggressive tax avoidance. In 2020, Julian launched Zero Hours Justice to support workers who have zero hours contracts imposed on them against their will and the Good Business Charter, an accreditation scheme to encourage responsible business. In 2021, he launched The Fairness Foundation to attempt to address the core issues involved to make society fairer.
Julian had his own column in the Sunday Times in 2022 and has written several books, including The Richer Way and The Ethical Capitalist.
Richer was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 2007.