Clive Jacobs

Entrepreneur & Investor

About Clive

Clive Jacobs is a serial entrepreneur and investor whose businesses have consistently challenged and disrupted established practices. He is well-known for building his company holiday autos into the world’s largest leisure car rental broker before its sale to lastminute.com

Clive is now the chairman and owner of the newly-formed Jacobs Media Group, Europe’s largest travel & hospitality b2b media business. The portfolio includes the market leading Travel Weekly brand and its impressive array of UK and international brands. The group also includes the 141-year-old trade bible The Caterer and its associated publications, awards and innovative digital solutions.

Clive is also co-owner and chairman of Tully Luxury Travel (formerly known as The Cruise Professionals), the largest, fastest-growing luxury retailer in North America.

Holiday Autos

Clive’s introduction to the travel industry came aged 19, when he started working as a messenger for a travel agent and tour operator. Prior to that, he had worked in construction, life assurance and even in the fish department at Selfridges, having left school aged 15.

After rising rapidly through the ranks, he decided to go it alone and, aged just 21, he set up his first travel company from an office in Kent while driving a taxi at night to supplement his income.

In March 1988, Clive co-founded holiday autos, the company credited with reinventing the car rental model with its pre-bookable, pre-paid fully inclusive product and its guarantee to better any like-for-like quote.

When his partners decided to explore a different direction in 1995, Clive brought in ECI Partners to assist him in buying the business and taking it to the next stage in its evolution.

Over the next 8 years, Clive and the holiday autos team built a company operating out of 30 countries worldwide and boasting a turnover in excess of £200 million.

70 awards in eight countries are testament to its service and innovation, including the first fully bookable car rental website – launched in 1999 and handling 80% of transactions globally by 2003.

In March 2003, holiday autos was acquired by lastminute.com, with Clive overseeing the integration of the businesses and the delivery of significant financial and worldwide infrastructure benefits as lastminute.com’s executive deputy chairman.


Jacobs Media Group


Jacobs Media Group


On-going Investment & Innovation

Clive has invested in a number of start-up and later-stage businesses, and has acted as an advisor on several significant acquisitions with major banks and private equity firms.

His experience in the travel and hospitality sectors includes a period as chairman and co-owner of the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire, and more recently as owner of the Michelin-starred New Angel restaurant in Dartmouth.

In 2014 Clive took a stake in and became chairman of leading luxury cruise business The Cruise Professionals. He steered the business through diversification into the broader premium travel space and driving significant growth after a relatively flat period.

As part of the process, the company was rebranded Tully Luxury Travel after its founder and CEO Mary Jean Tully, to reflect its expanded portfolio beyond cruising. It now offers world-class customer service through its three brands; Cruise Professionals, African Dreams and Private Travel Designers.  In 2018 Clive became co-owner of the business along with founder, Mary Jean Tully.


Awards & Achievements

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Clive has amassed a large number of personal awards and accolades in recognition of his business achievement and entrepreneurial drive.


Speaking & Consulting

Clive provides thought leadership and keynotes at a number of industry conferences, think tanks and policy-making forums. He also takes a keen interest in mentoring and supporting young entrepreneurs.

To contact Clive please use the button below or email louise@jacobsmediagroup.com