Joe Fournier (born 23 January 1983) is an English entrepreneur. Fournier set up his own fitness business before selling to a FTSE100 company. He subsequently moved into the nightclub industry and then boxing.
Fournier was born in Hammersmith, London. He moved with his parents to Monaco where he spent a few formative years, before returning to Isleworth, London where he lived with his mother. Fournier attended Lycée Français Charles De Gaulle de Londres in Kensington then American Community School.
After his parents' divorce Fournier moved to Hounslow with his mother and attended Ashton House primary and then Isleworth & Syon School. When living with his mother Fournier "went from having a chauffeur driven car to school every day, to taking the bus."
Fournier studied human biology and sports science at St Mary's University. He now lives in Notting Hill, west London but spends half his year in Miami, Florida, USA.
At school Fournier took up basketball and was selected for the England Basketball team. He captained the national team 43 times and played in France, Italy and the Middle East.
After being forced to retire from basketball due to a scaphoid injury, Fournier set up his own gym where he acted as "a trainer, PR, and cleaner, all-in-one."
Fournier grew the gym business and gained recognition as a personal trainer with a roster of celebrity clients. Fournier wrote Red Carpet Workout in 2008 of which he said:
"Growing up, I was street-smart but got a D in English, so publishing a book made my mum and my family proud. I get royalties from it and got quite a bit up front too, about £30,000, which I split with my agent and the ghostwriter."
Fournier sold his fitness business and studios to a FTSE 100 company in 2012.
Fournier invested in nightclubs, opening and owning Whisky Mist, The Rose Club, Bonbonniere London and Streaky Gin. Most recently he opened Bonbonniere Mikonos. Fournier invested in nightclubs stating, "It's really difficult to get people to do lunges and eat salad, but it was easy getting people get pissed, drink gin and tonic, party, and eat pizza."
Fournier's businesses make around "£20-30million a year" and he is valued upwards of a hundred million pounds.
In 2015 Fournier took up boxing professionally. He is signed to Hayemaker Promotions. His record currently stands as won 8 lost 0 all by total knockout. He made his debut in the light heavyweight division against Jorge Burgos in the Dominican Republic. He defeated Manuel Regalado and Pedro Sencion before appearing on the undercard of David Haye-Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21, 2016 at the O2 Arena, London. Fournier defeated Bela Juhasz inside two rounds after Juhasz "was hurt by a right hand" before "folding under a barrage of punches."
Fournier then fought in Belgium beating Mustapha Stini. Fournier, had "no real problems" defeating Stini.
Fournier was paid £200,000 by friend Nick Gold to change his ring name from "The Bulldog" to "The Duke". The moniker came when Fournier split up with his girlfriend over her friendship with the Duke of Seville. Gold wanted Fournier to be called "The Duke" so that he'd get angry every time he stepped in the ring.
Fournier went to school with Mo Farah and classes him as one of his closest friends.
Fournier has a network of celebrity friends and clients having acted as a personal trainer to many. He cites 50 Cent, Jamie Foxx, Adriana Lima, Lucas Podolski and Chipmunk as friends.
Fournier supports Caudwell Children and runs the Joe Fournier Foundation. The latter pays for coaching and after-school clubs in Hounslow.