Ivan Massow and Adoption


Massow was adopted aged 12, after four previous families and two other names.

He is dyslexic and left school with only two 'O' levels, but he is now a multi-millionaire financial advisor.

By the age of 21 he was looking after the Southeast of England for a large insurance company. In 1990, realizing that gay people (Massow is gay himself) were being badly treated by mainstream financial advisors and insurance companies, he set up his own firm, a pioneer in the pursuit of the Pink Pound (that is, gay and lesbian purchasing power), and is today one of the UK's largest insurance brokers and independent financial advisors.

In 1996 he was voted Man of the Year by the Pink Paper. Coming out was a traumatic experience for him.


Lacey, Hester. "Mr. Pink Goes to Work," Independent on Sunday [London], 23 November 1997, "Real Life" section, p. 2