Sir George Alexander Touche, 1st Baronet (//; 24 May 1861 – 7 July 1935), born George Alexander Touch (he added the final "e" in 1906 because people continually mispronounced his name), was a British accountant and politician. He founded one of the firms which amalgamated to create Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Early life and career
Touche was born on 24 May 1861 in Edinburgh, the son of a banker. He was educated at the Bonnington Academy, the Edinburgh Institute, and the University of Edinburgh and was indentured to a chartered accountant in 1878. In 1883 he was admitted to the Society of Accountants in Edinburgh and immediately left for London, joining the firm of Broads, Patterson & May.
In 1889 he was appointed first secretary of the Industrial and General Trust, later becoming manager, director in 1898, and chairman in 1908. He also became director and chairman of many other companies. In 1899 he founded his own practice, George A. Touch & Co.
He died on 7 July 1935.
- The London Gazette: . 4 June 1920.
- Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Touche