Godfather turns 65

Early birthday wishes flooded in last week for Premier Mortgage Service managing director John Malone, who is 65 today.

Malone was born on December 8 1943 – the same day as The Doors’ legendary singer Jim Morrison. Whereas the latter took the music world by storm, Malone lit the fire of the mortgage market.

Nigel Stockton, managing director of HBOS Intermediaries, offers his congratulations.

He says: “Malone is an industry stalwart. His depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and he is a pioneer in the market. From all of us at HBOS – happy birthday John.” Stephen Knight, execu-tive chairman of Checkmate Mortgages, says: “Don’t be fooled by his friendly and informal manner – John is a market expert par excellence.

“He has vision and in-sight I hope we all benefit from for years to come. Congratulations John.”

And Michael Bolton, former chief executive of edeus, adds: “John richly deserves the mantle first bestowed on him by Mortgage Strategy – the Godfather of the industry.

“Not only does he account for some 12% of broker distribution but he is also a true innovator. Long may this continue.”