Dudley Fishburn

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John Dudley Fishburn
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Born (1946-06-08) 8 June 1946 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Eton College
Harvard College
Occupation Businessman, politician, philanthropist, journalist
Known for Leadership at Harvard University
Relatives Nick Boles (brother-in-law)

John Dudley Fishburn (born 8 June 1946) is a British businessman, journalist, and politician. He was Executive Editor of The Economist and Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom (MP) for Kensington.

Educated at Eton and Harvard College, from which he graduated in American History and Literature and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon, he has an honorary Doctorate from the Open University and the University of Reading. He is married to Victoria, daughter of Sir Jack Boles, and they have four children. Alice, the eldest, works as a journalist on the Financial Times; Honor was an assistant at Downing Street, having been David Cameron's diary secretary. His brother-in-law, Nick Boles, is a Member of Parliament. Fishburn's wife, Victoria Fishburn, has been appointed High Sheriff of Berkshire for 2016.[citation needed]

Business career[edit]

Fishburn is the chairman of Bluecube Technology Solutions Ltd,[1] and Mulvaney Capital Management Ltd.[citation needed] He is on the board of GFI Group, the European subsidiary of a Wall Street broker, BGC. He once was a Director of Altria Inc, then one of America's ten biggest companies. He was also on the board of Philip Morris International Inc,[2] and of HSBC Bank plc, Beazley Group plc, and Saatchi and Saatchi plc.

Not-for-profit organisations[edit]

Fishburn has a long connection with universities on both sides of the Atlantic. He was chairman of the Trustees of the Open University Foundation. He was the first Englishman to be elected to Harvard University's governing board, the Board of Overseers and served on the Council of Reading University[3] and as a Trustee of the Foundation for Liver Research, which is affiliated to the University of London. He chaired the Visiting Committee of the Cambridge University Library.[4]

For 10 years he chaired the committee for the foremost private library and research system, that of Harvard University’s schools and faculties. He won the Harvard Alumni award for this work. Fishburn served of the advisory board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Fishburn is currently Chairman of the Governors of Theale Green Academy, a school for 1,100 students, sponsored by Bradfield College.[citation needed]

Dudley Fishburn has worked for heritage organisations. He is currently chairman of the Heritage of London Trust[5] and chairs the Friends of the Silchester Archaeological Dig. For 10 years he was on the Executive Committee of the National Trust and was the National Trust’s Treasurer. Fishburn recently retired as Deputy Chairman of the Peabody Housing Trust. He is an advisor to the Parasol Charitable Trust.[6]

Politics and journalism[edit]

In the 1970s, Fishburn twice stood unsuccessfully for Parliament for the Isle of Wight. He was elected to the House of Commons, as the MP for Kensington, in a by-election in 1988 and re-elected in 1992. In 1997, he stepped down claiming "there were too many MPs" and has since campaigned for a reduction in the size of the House of Commons.

In Parliament, he made his name campaigning for leasehold reform which led, after much resistance, to the Leasehold Reform Act. He was made "Radical of the Year" in 1990. Fishburn also brought to the Statute Book a private bill that permitted qualified nurses to write prescriptions, thus breaking the doctors’ monopoly. Fishburn served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Timothy Sainsbury in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade.

During his terms in Parliament, he continued as Associate Editor of The Economist producing 13 annual editions of its publication The World in..., which is published in 15 languages. He has been published in the New York Times and The Times. He is now President of the Newbury Conservative Association; the Member of Parliament for Newbury is Richard Benyon.


  1. ^ Bluecube Technology Solutions Ltd website; accessed 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ Philip Morris International Inc website, pmi.com; accessed 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ Reading University website; accessed 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ Cambridge University Library website Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; accessed 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.heritageoflondon.com
  6. ^ Parasol Charitable Trust infosite, bonitatrust.org; accessed 12 May 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Brandon Rhys-Williams
Member of Parliament for Kensington
Constituency abolished