Chips Keswick

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Sir Chips Keswick
John Chippendale Lindley Keswick

(1940-02-02) 2 February 1940 (age 79)
EducationEton College
Alma materUniversity of Aix-Marseille
OccupationMerchant banker
Known forFormer chairman of Hambros Bank, director of the Bank of England, chairman of Arsenal F.C.[1]
TitleChairman, Arsenal F.C.
Spouse(s)Lady Sarah Ramsay
ChildrenThree sons
RelativesSir Henry Keswick (brother)
Simon Keswick (brother)

Sir John Chippendale "Chips" Lindley Keswick (born 2 February 1940)[2] is a British merchant banker and member of the Keswick family who control Jardine Matheson, founded by William Jardine. In June 2013, he became Chairman of Arsenal football club.

Early life and education[edit]

Part of the Keswick family business dynasty, he is the son of Sir William Keswick (1903–1990) and Mary Lindley, and the grandson of Henry Keswick. He was educated at Eton College and the University of Aix-Marseilles.[2]


His elder brother Henry and younger brother Simon Keswick are chairman and director of Jardine Matheson Holdings.[3]

Keswick was chairman of Hambros Bank from 1986 to 1998.[4][5] He has been a director of Arsenal football club since November 2005, and the chairman since August 2013, when he succeeded Peter Hill-Wood.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Lady Sarah Ramsay, daughter of the 16th Earl of Dalhousie, in 1966.[2] They have three sons David, Tobias and Adam.

He is a member of gentleman's clubs White's and the City University Club. He has supported "Business for Sterling", and sat on the board of corporate donors to the Conservatives. In December 2013 the pro-union group Better Together released the names of individuals who have made major donations to their funds, and Keswick was revealed to have donated £23,000 to the campaign.[6]


  1. ^ "Arsenal's new chairman Sir Chips Keswick has even posher name than Peter Hill-Wood". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. pp. 876–. ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6.
  3. ^ "The Group > Directors - Jardines". Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Stocks". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b "The Arsenal Board". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Scottish independence: Better Together reveals donor list". BBC News. 16 December 2013.
Business positions
Preceded by
Peter Hill-Wood
Arsenal F.C. chairman