Alex encountered Herod Sayle whilst on the Stormbreaker mission. Please note, in the movie dramatisation of the Stormbreaker mission, Herod Sayle is known as Darrius Sayle. Visit the Stormbreaker movie website at

Family:Born poor in Beirut, Herod Sayle's father was a failed hairdresser and his mother took in washing. With nine brothers and four sisters, the young Herod didn't go to school.
Education:When he was seven he saved two American tourists from being crushed by a falling piano, and as a reward, they sent him to a school in Britain. He achieved nine 'O' levels and sat next to the boy who went on to become the Prime Minister. After school, Sayle went to Cambridge and got a first in economics.
Career:Herod Sayle was a wealthy man, and owned a computer company as well as a string of racehorses. He invented a revolutionary computer called Stormbreaker.
File Notes: Alex Rider discovered that Herod Sayle had contaminated the computers with a virus - a form of genetically modified smallpox. See Stormbreaker for complete record.
Current Status: See Stormbreaker for complete record.