Entrepreneur - Deficom
Philippe is a true entrepreneur. While attending university in Belgium, he launched one of the first private radio stations in the country which he sold to an insurance company.
He then joined the staff of two Belgian Ministers and spent another year working at a financial group investing in media.
In 1988, Philippe co-founded an investment fund, Deficom Group (“Deficom”), focused on Communication and Media. Philippe served as its CEO for over 15 years. During his tenure, he listed Deficom on the Euronext Stock Exchange and conducted dozens of successful investments in Belgium and Central Europe (average IRR of 35%): Canal+ Belgium and Canal + Polska (pay television), Mediatel (yellow pages), Carat Crystal (advertising), NRJ Belgium (radio), Kinepoleast (cinema theatres)…
In 2003, Philippe left Deficom and started to invest through a private vehicle. In 2010, he took over Deficom, which he now controls (96%) and which has become his flagship. He turned Deficom private and changed it from a pure investment fund into an active shareholder in a limited number of companies.
Philippe Lhomme holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université de Liège (Belgium), as well as a Master Degree in Sociology and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).