Chips Keswick

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Sir Chips Keswick
John Chippendale Lindley Keswick

(1940-02-02) 2 February 1940 (age 82)
London, England
EducationEton College
Alma materUniversity of Aix-Marseille
OccupationMerchant banker
Known forFormer chairman of Hambros Bank, director of the Bank of England, former chairman of Arsenal FC[1]
Spouse(s)Lady Sarah Ramsay
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. He was chairman of Arsenal Football Club from June 2013 until his retirement in May 2020.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Part of the Keswick family business dynasty, Keswick 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]

Business career[edit]

Keswick was chairman of Hambros Bank from 1986 to 1998.[4][failed verification][5][failed verification] He was a director of Arsenal Football Club from November 2005, and the chairman from August 2013, when he succeeded Peter Hill-Wood,[3] until his retirement in May 2020.[3][6]

Personal life[edit]

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

He is a member of gentleman's clubs White's[citation needed] and the City University Club.[citation needed] He has supported "Business for Sterling", and sat on the board of corporate donors to the Conservative Party.[citation needed] 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.[7]

He is a keen racehorse owner[8] and hunter.[9]

Keswick's elder brother Henry and younger brother Simon Keswick are chairman and director of Jardine Matheson Holdings.[10]


  1. ^ "Arsenal's new chairman Sir Chips Keswick has even posher name than Peter Hill-Wood". Mirror Online. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. pp. 876–. ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c "Arsenal: Sir Chips Keswick retires as club chairman". BBC Sport. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Stocks". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ "The Arsenal Board". Arsenal FC. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Chairman Sir Chips Keswick retires". Arsenal FC. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Scottish independence: Better Together reveals donor list". BBC News. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  8. ^ Innes, Richard (3 September 2017). "Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick reveals he's not a huge football fan - Arsenal supporters not best pleased". Mirror Online. MGN. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  9. ^ Woolf, Marie; Rowe, Mark (11 July 1999). "Pro-hunting lobby in ploy to fix polls". The Independent. ESI Media. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  10. ^ "The Group > Directors". Jardines. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
Business positions
Preceded by Arsenal FC chairman