Agius speaking at the CBI Climate Change Summit 2008
|Born||Marcus Ambrose Paul Agius
22 July 1946
|Alma mater||Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (BA, MA)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
|Occupation||Group chairman of Barclays|
|Spouse(s)||Katherine de Rothschild|
Marcus Ambrose Paul Agius (//; born 22 July 1946) is a British financier and former Group chairman of Barclays. He currently serves on the BBC's new executive board as a senior non-executive director.
Early life and education
Agius is the son of Ena Eleanora (née Hueffer) and Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Victor Louis Benedict Agius. He is of part Maltese descent, and was educated at St George's College, Weybridge. He earned his degree in Mechanical Sciences and Economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Early career and Lazard (1972–2006)
Marcus' banking career began at the investment bank, Lazard, where he worked from 1972 to 2006 holding several senior positions. He was appointed as the Chairman of the London branch of Lazard in 2001 and Deputy Chairman of Lazard LLC in 2002.
He joined BAA PLC as a non-executive Director in 1995 and served as its chairman from 2002 till 2006.
Barclays Board and chairman (2006–2012)
On 2 July 2012 it was announced that Agius would resign following the Barclays fine for manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) by some Barclays employees in the Libor scandal. However, in November 2012, it was reported in the press that he might be retained as a consultant.
On 3 July 2012 it was announced that Agius was reinstated as "full-time chairman", following the resignation of CEO Bob Diamond. Agius will serve as chairman until a new chief executive is appointed. During his time at Barclays Aguis attended the 2011 meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
British Bankers Association (2010 – present)
From 1 December 2006, he is serving as a non-executive director in the BBC's new Executive Board. He is also the Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is Chairman of the Kew Foundation. He is also one of the three current trustees of the Bilderberg Group.
Marcus, a Roman Catholic, married Katherine (born 1949), daughter of Edmund de Rothschild of the Rothschild banking family of England and has a close involvement with the Rothschild family estate, Exbury Gardens in Hampshire. They have two children. In 2010 The Tablet named him as one of Britain's most influential Roman Catholics.
He is also a passionate gardener and art collector.
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- The Top five in Finance
|Group chairman of Barclays plc
Sir David Walker