Hayley Parsons Net Worth $142.5 Million
Hayley Parsons, creator of the Gocompare insurance comparison site, which will be readily worth 400m, acknowledges she’s “done all right for a Welsh girl in the valleys”. Not half. The Cwmbran-born 37-year old has worked in insurance since leaving school at 16 with five GCSEs. She spent 14 years in the Admiral group in Cardiff, climbing to the next highest standing at its confused.com operation, before setting up Gocompare in 2006. Her modus operandi is a down-to-earth charm that has made her an unbeatable industry networker, coupled with a glass-half-complete method of all things. Gio Compario, the moustachioed opera-singing character in Gocompare’s adverts, has not done her any harm either, despite the ads twice being voted Britain’s most irritating. Parsons insisted on getting a fellow countryman to play the role, and Welsh tenor Wynne Evans duly obliged. His day job has not endured either — his record of arias, A Song in My Heart, topped the classical charts recently. Gocompare soared into profit in 2009, turning in 12m profit on revenues of 74.9m, against a 4m loss in 2008. Gains last year were only unsure of 30m. Each month, the company issues more than 2m quotes for car, home, pet, van and motorbike insurance. Parsons’s 23% stake in the business, based in Newport, is worth 92m, yet the entrepreneur, who lives with her boyfriend and their two sons in St Mellons, Cardiff, still cites Center Parcs Nottingham as her favourite vacation destination. Other assets add 3m to her abundance.