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Posh Toffs - a craven Pooter apology
05/10/2018 , Freddie Pooter

 Ouch, we have been threatened with a thorough horse-whipping over our unforgivable failure to mention a number of distinguished gentleman in our industry, all of impeccable breeding, in our compendium of top toffs in the City last week.
 
Why, our lamentable jottings caused such an outrage, a copy of Debrett’s was thrown straight through our drawing room window in the week. We swear the assailant wore a Guards tie as he quickly scarpered.
 
So, we can only apologise to all our confreres who have pointed out our glaring omissions.  We will try to overcome our faux pas by listing yet more chaps who so add to the lustre of the City: 
 
Lord Freddie Windsor at JPMorgan Private Bank.  If you spot some neat footwork by Freddie, the explanation is quite simple.  He is married to celebrity Sophie Winkleman, half-sister of Claudia, co-host of TV hit show, Strictly Come Dancing.  Indeed, is the show somehow named after Lord Freddie’s own client threshold criteria – strictly only the wealthiest need apply for accounts?
 
Freddie’s pater and mater are, naturlich, der formidable Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the latter being otherwise known as Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz. 
 
Lord Anthony Balniel at James Hambro & Partners. A passionate gardener, Anthony is heir apparent to the earldoms of Crawford and Balcarres. He started his investment career in 1982 at Rowan Investment Managers and became a founding director of J O Hambro Investment Management (JOHIM) four years later. Serving as chief executive between 2004 and 2007, he played a leading role in building JOHIM into a business that managed more than £3 billionn in assets. Anthony co-founded James Hambro & Partners in 2009 and where he is now head of private clients. And there’s not a better head of hair anywhere in the private clients biz.
 
Lord Andrew Hay, global head of residential at Knight Frank. Andrew has been with Knight Frank for 30 years, man and boy. He nowadays leads the super prime sales team and chairs the global property wealth team - a group of partners who are focused on providing a complete property service to the world’s high net worth community.
 
Sir David Howard, Chairman at Charles Stanley. David Howarth Seymour Howard, 3rd Baronet, joined Charles Stanley way back in 1967. He was appointed managing partner of the firm in 1971, managing director in 1988, and chairman in 1999. He became the 3rd Howard baronet of Great Rissington in 2001. He also became a Knight in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in 2000.
 
Sir Richard Kleinwort, member of the advisory board at Kleinwort Hambros. One of our favourite City people, Richard is, in addition to his Kleinwort role, is also chairman of The Richard Kleinwort Consultancy Group, a global network of specialists in business consultancy, global partnering, capital access and executive search, which he founded in 2001. 
 
He began his career in the world of banking, using his knowledge of languages with the then Banque Kleinwort Benson in Geneva, Banco General de Negocios in Buenos Aires and Deutsche Bank in Hamburg and Frankfurt. 
 
Richard’s philanthropic interests extend to a number of charitable organisations, including the WWF 1001 Club and World Scout Foundation.
 
Meanwhile, Sir Richard Onslow, investment director at Cazenove Capital in Edinburgh tops our list of the top Salmon fisherman in our business.  We presume he will be familiar with the top flies for luring the wily fish, such as the Spey Fly and the ever-reliable Woolly Bugger.
 
Finally, Lord Rothschild, who chairs RIT Capital, is worth circa £650 million. We don’t envy the chap for the size of his fortune, but are rather jealous of his personal wine collection of 15,000 bottles and which date as far back as 1870.  That, we are told, was a wonderful year for claret.
 
Pip pip
 

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