Lee Taylor


Lee Taylor


Today’s CFOs are expected to play a critical role in driving the success and growth of their organizations. In addition to overseeing financial operations and managing risk, they must also provide strategic guidance and support to other leaders within the organization, helping to shape overall business strategy and drive innovation. Modern CFOs must be strategic, forward-thinking leaders who can balance financial stewardship with innovation and growth. CFO of renowned social media platform, Lee Taylor, embodies these qualities. 

OnlyFans subscription-based  business model contrasts with the traditional social media model where influencers (or creators as OnlyFans calls them)  rely primarily on a share of advertising-based revenue to monetize their content. By contrast OnlyFans subscription model has empowered creators to generate authentic content while maintaining full ownership and control of the work they produce – and monetize that content directly. This new approach has played a pivotal role in driving the creator economy, which is now valued at over $100 billion. As one of the fastest growing companies in Europe which has paid out over $10 billion in earnings to creators since 2016, financial control and governance plays a key role in the operation of OnlyFans. This is where Lee and his team come in, taking up the responsibility of providing creators with a robust platform and payment network to support their monetisation.

As CFO, Lee ensures that OnlyFans maintains its financial sustainability covering all aspects of the business, from a vast finance network to provide payment continuity and market leading safety controls. When asked about how OnlyFans  – which operates in an area which some consider “higher risk”  – helps its partners to understand its approach to financial and safety controls Lee  states – “We take a partnership approach to working with all providers and transparency is at the heart of this. We voluntarily publish a monthly transparency report which publicly discloses key information about the business and our operations, we also work closely with NGOs, regulatory bodies and charities on all aspects of online safety to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect our online community”.

Focusing on the Bottom Line

As recent events have shown, even organizations which are perceived as “blue chip” can face unprecedented and expected risks. As the Chief Financial Officer, one of Lee’s primary responsibilities is to oversee OnlyFans vast payments network and manage its financial risk exposures. A key element of this is ensuring that the creators are able to receive their earnings in a timely and secure manner. With OnlyFans having over 3 million content creators in over 100 countries worldwide, their finance network and business model has been purpose built by Lee to ensure complete continuity whilst also protecting the business from financial risks. “As part of my role I stay extremely close to market conditions and am continually looking to add or evolve the financial frameworks of the business to mitigate financial risks”, the CFO of OnlyFans said.

Lee and the Executive team at OnlyFans have established fundamental guiding values for their company. At OnlyFans, every member of the team, from the newest staff member to the CEO is committed to prioritizing creators, placing them at the center of the decision-making process. This principle shapes every financial decision made and is central to the company’s business model which maintains an 80/20 revenue split – in favor of the creators. “Our subscription model means that as a company we don’t make any money unless our creators do.” Taylor explains “That ensures that as a business we always take a creator-first approach. In the decision making process we always ask “does this benefit our creators?’ and if it doesn’t then we just don’t do it.”. The company has also prioritized safety, publicly committing to building the safest social media platform in the world. As a result, it’s always carefully evaluated whether each decision enhances the safety controls of the platform, and as part of the financial considerations, the focus is on areas such as Anti-Money Laundering (AML) controls, financial security, and sustainability to ensure OnlyFans remains a trusted and secure platform for their users.

Looking to the Future

When asked about upcoming financial initiatives or projects at OnlyFans, Lee shared – “Our strategic initiatives for the next three to five years focus on three key areas. First, we are committed to continuing our efforts to become the safest social media platform in the world. Secondly, we aim to expand the use of OnlyFans to all 18+ creatives across a range of different genres while continuing to support our current creators. Finally, we are continuing to grow our global user base including, through increasing the accessibility of OnlyFans in markets where there is limited availability of international payment cards”. He continued – “From a financial perspective, we are exploring new payment methods for our creators in regions where major international card brands are not widely available”.

Driving Diversity, Inclusion and Social Mobility

Lee’s path to the C-suite has meant that he is aligned with OnlyFans core values – in particular respect and empowerment. At the age of 17, Lee chose not to go to University and instead left college to join an apprenticeship program at a Mid-Tier accounting firm. Motivated to gain hands-on business experience and apply his knowledge in a practical setting rather than just relying on textbooks. After five years working with the accounting firm, gaining invaluable experience while working towards his Chartered Accountant qualification he was eager to move into industry and gain a deeper understanding of how finance can add value to a company’s overall strategy. This led him to work with various companies across multiple industries, including publicly listed businesses and left Lee with the desire to work in an industry that was truly disruptive. This unorthodox path to the C-suite of one of the UK’s biggest tech success stories drives Lee to ensure that OnlyFans continue to push boundaries and demonstrate the art of the possible. Outside the Boardroom, Lee is a devoted parent with two children and holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Lee believes the discipline he learnt through martial arts has been invaluable in his professional life and often leans on his training when presented with difficult challenges.




Lee Taylor
Chief Financial Officer



OnlyFans subscription-based  business model contrasts with the traditional social media model where influencers (or creators as OnlyFans calls them)  rely primarily on a share of advertising-based revenue to monetize their content. By contrast OnlyFans subscription model has empowered creators to generate authentic content while maintaining full ownership and control of the work they produce – and monetize that content directly.

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