Marcus Paul Bruce Evans (born 18 August 1963) is an English businessman who is also the owner and chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club. He is originally from Walsham-le-Willows, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, but grew up near Wimbledon, London. He founded his company marcus evans in 1983. The group organises live business, sports and entertainment events around the world. Its global regional head offices are: Europe – Dublin, US – Chicago and APAC – Kuala Lumpur. Marcus Evans the individual maintains a low profile – in 2006 MoneyWeek reported that there were no publicly available photographs of him. According to Companies House, Evans started his first firm, Associated Promotions, in 1983 when corporate hospitality was a relatively new market. By 1992 he had renamed his company The Hospitality Group (THG Sports Tours) and he bought into a clothing and gifts company, Castle Mills International, but within a year sold out to investor Brian Rousell. THG Sports Tours is now part of the wider Marcus Evans Group. In 1994 he paid £325,000 for a stake of just under 5 per cent in the consumer electronics group Ross, but in 1999, having spent 5 years reorganising the companies with the companies bankers eventually Evans fully arranged a rights issue with other investors who took over the company. In 2004 Evans made an unsuccessful £700+ million offer for the Daily Mirror, followed by another rejected offer of £550+ million in 2006. In June 2007, the organisers of the Rugby World Cup failed to secure exclusive control over corporate hospitality at the event. In a ruling, the Paris Commercial Court awarded marcus evans the right to run hospitality packages without the approval of the organising committee. Marcus Evans won its case after telling the court that its packages included receptions before and after the matches, but not tickets to see them. This claim was contested by the organising committee. However despite taking Marcus Evans' THG Group to the highest appeal courts in France in 2008, THG Group won its case in the courts.