London is one of the most important cities in the United Kingdom and for good reason. It is home to some of the most successful and powerful businessmen who have gained a lot of recognition and influence due to their work. Here are some of the most influential businessmen you will find in London:
Davis- Senior Partner, Lansdowne Partners
A measured and cerebral hedge-fund manager, Davis, along with his business partner Stuart Roden, launched the $10bn Developed Markets Strategy 15 years ago. It has now become one of the best-performing equity hedge funds in the world as it has been delivery average gains of 13 percent on an annual basis. Davis is George Osborne’s best man and is a member of the board of Oxford Science Innovation.
Baroness Shriti- Chairman, Santander UK
Former investment banker at UBS Warburg, Vadera is an amazing networker. She turned out to be fast and sharp-elbowed while working as government minister and backroom counsellor under Gordon Brown. She has also played a vital role in the response effort of Brexit as she has helped senior financiers in coordinating their contact with the government.
Horta Osório – CEO, Lloyds Banking Group
When he was the CEO of the UK arm of Santander, Horta Osório was regarded as a son by the then Group chairman, Emilio Botin, who was his boss. Therefore, when the Portuguese banker took the top job at UK’s largest mortgage lender, Lloyds Banking Group in 2011, it was seen as a defection. Nonetheless, Osório has played a crucial role after the financial crisis as he revived Lloyds and brought it back on its feet.
Rubens Bloomberg- CEO, Bloomberg
Yes, he tends to complain about the sky-high prices in London, but three-term mayor of New York and the septuagenarian billionaire considers the city as his second home. He is Serpentine Gallery’s chairman and the philanthropist has a lot of time on his hands since he declined to run for the White House. This means he is living more in London and doing some hands-on management at Bloomberg.
Daniel E. – CEO corporate and investment bank, JPMorgan
The former fixed-income trader from Argentina rose through the ranks quietly to become the head of JPMorgan in Europe. Jamie Dimon, the Group CEO has praises for Daniel and he is regarded as a highly efficient and decisive individual who is always available.
Larry Fink- CEO/Chairman, BlackRock
Born in California and based in New York, Larry Fink has singlehandedly turned BlackRock into a powerhouse that has high stakes in UK plc. He prides himself on recruiting from a diverse range of backgrounds and his deep connections in Washington. Some of his notable hires include the Swiss National Bank’s former governor, Philipp Hilderbrand and George Osborne’s top advisor, Rupert Harrison. In 1988, Fink established BlackRock as part of private equity group, Blackstone, but spilt up six years later. BlackRock became the world’s largest asset manager in 2009 after an Barclays Global Investors’ acquisition.