Thomas Peter Usborne M.B.E. 
Born August 18th 1937                         
Married 1964 in Munich (dissolved) 
to Cornelie Tucking,(now Professor Cornelie Usborne). 
Second marriage to Wendy Browning in Sussex in 2012                                                                     



school uniform

2nd Lt. Usborne
  Rifle Brigade

8 Highgate Ave, Highate,
London N6 5RX.

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Peter owns 74% of Usborne Publishing, 26% being owned by Scholastic inc of New York. Turnover  in 2012 was nudging 200M with annual growth around 15%.

Peter was a scholar at Eton and read Litterae Humaniores at Balliol College, Oxford
He did National Service with the Rifle Brigade, later seconded to the King's African Rifles.
He started a humorous magazine at Oxford called Mesopotamia with Richard Ingrams, William Rushton, John Wells etc.
First job with the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Then publishing with Macdonald Books. In 1963, based on the team that had created Mesopotamia, Peter co-founded the satirical magazine Private Eye.
Two photographs are in the National Portrait Gallery.
He became a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at INSEAD, the business school near Paris. 
In 1973, backed by Macdonald Books, he founded the children's book publishers Usborne Books. The company created a new style of children's book and a new form of marketing. It has grown into a highly successful global enterprise but remains in private ownership.
The charitable Usborne Foundation was set up in 2010.
He has a house in Grasse in the south of France and reserves several weeks of the year for family gatherings. He also has a house in the South Downs on the Sussex coast where he keeps a private airplane.  Peter has a yacht which he keeps in S.France.