Barely four years ago he was on track to becoming a self-made billionaire.
Having started his working life as a hotel pianist, an eye for an opportunity saw the web-hosting business which Lawrence Jones and his wife Gail founded in their spare bedroom grow into a tech powerhouse employing 500 people.
Along with a £700million fortune came an invitation to play chess against fellow entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island, being appointed MBE for services to the digital economy, and becoming a major donor to the Conservative Party.
The couple also own exclusive Swiss nightclub Le Farinet where Prince William was in 2017 pictured dancing with his hands on the waist of a mystery blonde during a lads’ skiing trip.
Lawrence Jones and his wife Gail founded web-hosting business…