Paul Michael – Paul, the eldest son of Sir Peter and Lady Michael, recalls the first time he set foot on the land that was to become the Peter Michael Winery: “I was a teenager on summer vacation with my family in 1982 and I found myself planting vines on this hot, dusty and extraordinarily beautiful hillside in Knights Valley. It was an experience I’ll never forget.”
Paul graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in 1990 and worked with the Forte Group of Hotels in London, Paris and Dubai, before completing his MBA at Ashridge Management College in 1994. Today, he is involved in overseeing the management of the family’s Vineyard at Stockcross, a high-reputation restaurant and luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel in the UK. Paul is also Chairman of My Tiny Planets Ltd, the creative studio behind Tiny Planets and tinyplanets.com.
His work as executive producer with Tiny Planets earned two BAFTA awards (British Academy for Film and Television Arts). As part of the Michael Family’s holdings, Paul also manages a diverse portfolio of international businesses that provides seed funding and management consulting to small technology and media companies.
Paul is active in charity events to raise funds for prostate cancer research in the USA and the UK. He is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish. Paul and his wife Emily have three young children.
Emily Michael – Emily, Paul’s wife, joined the Michael Family in 1998. As a girl, she grew up in Wiltshire, a picturesque county set in the rolling countryside of South West England. At 18, Emily moved to London to join the advertising industry. A few years later, after earning a cooking diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, she built a successful career in event management, running numerous music festivals including a series of concerts on behalf of Diana, Princess of Wales. Emily has also produced a number of other charitable events to raise awareness and money for AIDS, terminally ill children, and leukemia patients, working with performers ranging from George Michael (no relation) to Luciano Pavarotti.
Emily served on the opening team for the launch of The Vineyard at Stockcross. In addition to her responsibilities as the mother of three children, she holds a seat on the advisory board of the Family’s hotels and serves as an ambassador for the Peter Michael Foundation.