Chips Keswick

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Sir Chips Keswick
Born John Chippendale Lindley Keswick
(1940-02-02) 2 February 1940 (age 77)
Nationality British
Education Eton College
Alma mater University of Aix-Marseille
Occupation Merchant banker
Known for Former chairman of Hambros Bank, director of the Bank of England, chairman of Arsenal F.C.[1]
Spouse(s) Lady Sarah Ramsay
Children Three sons
Relatives Sir Henry Keswick (brother) and 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. On 14 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 formerly a director of Hambros Bank and colleague of Peter Hill-Wood. He is currently a non-executive director of a number of companies including DeBeers Sa, Investec Bank, Persimmon plc and chairman of Arsenal football club. He replaced Peter Hill-Wood, who stepped down due to health reasons.[4] He has been involved in a number of other business interests as well as serving as a director of the Bank of England since 1993. His father Sir William "Tony" Keswick was also a director of the Bank of England between 1955 and 1973.(See Keswick family)

He has 20 shares in Arsenal representing 0.032% of the Company's issued ordinary shares.

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.[5]


  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. ^ Jardine Matheson: Directors
  4. ^ David Kent (14 June 2013). "Arsenal name Sir Chips Keswick as new chairman | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scottish independence: Better Together reveals donor list". BBC News. 16 December 2013. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Peter Hill-Wood
Arsenal F.C. chairman