Simon Robertson

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Simon Robertson, Source: The Telegraph

Sir Simon Robertson is the deputy chairman of HSBC. He is also a former Goldman Sachs Europe president and managing director of Goldman Sachs International and is regarded as one of the UK's best-connected and influential bankers.

He was knighted in June 2010 and according to the Sunday Times Rich List is worth £130 million. [1]

Career

Robertson worked for UK investment bank Kleinwort Benson for 34 years rising up the ranks to become chairman. In 1997 he left to join Goldman Sachs, where he ended up as president of the bank’s European arm. Departing in 2005, he founded Simon Robertson Associates LLP, a small financial advisory company in London.[2]

HSBC

Robertson joined the board of HSBC in 2006 as a non-executive director and then a senior non-executive director in 2007.[3]

He is currently the deputy chairman of the bank.[4]

Donations to the Conservative Party

His knighthood in June 2010 came just one month after the Tories took office, and two months after he made them a donation.

Robertson is a member of The Leader's Group, an elite Conservative Party supporter group which enables donors to secure access to leading party members and the prime minister through an annual membership fee of £50,000.[5]

Political donations

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to Subsidiary (parties only)
15/12/2003 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
14/05/2004 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
04/04/2005 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
07/02/2006 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
28/04/2006 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 The Rt Hon George Osborne MP
08/02/2007 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
19/04/2007 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 The Rt Hon George Osborne MP
28/11/2007 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
10/03/2008 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 The Rt Hon George Osborne MP
01/08/2008 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
26/02/2009 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 The Rt Hon George Osborne MP
28/07/2009 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
14/01/2010 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
09/04/2010 Simon Robertson £5,000.00 Conservative Party East Hampshire
16/09/2010 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
16/02/2012 Simon Robertson £60,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
04/03/2013 Simon Robertson £50,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
13/05/2014 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
13/08/2014 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
21/11/2014 Simon Robertson £25,000.00 Conservative Party Central Party
05/04/2016 Simon Robertson £50,000 Britain Stronger in Europe[6]
[7]


Education and early career

Robertson was educated at Eton.[1]

He trained with Banque de Neuflize, Schlumberger, Mallet in Paris, Kredietbank in Brussels, Bankhaus Merck Finck in Munich and Munchmeyer & Co in Hamburg before joining Kleinwort, where he joined the corporate finance division in 1968.

Affiliations

Former

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Patrick Hosking, Business big shot: Simon Robertson The Times, 12 September 2007, accessed 16 March 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peter Marsh Knighthood: Simon Robertson, Financial Times, June 11 2010, accessed 16 March 2011.
  3. HSBC chairman contenders: Sir Simon Robertson Telegraph, 23 September 2010, accessed 25 February 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 HSBC, Simon Robertson, accessed 25 February 2015
  5. Conservative Party, The Leader's Group guests 2014 quarter 1, accessed 25 February 2015
  6. Electoral Commission, Donor Search, accessed 19 May 2016
  7. Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 25 February 2015