Geraint Anderson

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Geraint Anderson (born 1972 in Notting Hill, London), is a former City of London utilities sector analyst, and newspaper columnist, best known for his City Boy column in thelondonpaper.[1]

Early life[edit]

The third son of Labour politician Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea and his missionary wife Dorothy, herself the daughter of Bolivian missionaries, he was raised at his parents' London home in Notting Hill. Anderson was educated at Fox School in Notting Hill and Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.[2] Taking a gap year in Asia, Anderson says he lived the hippy life and smoked dope. He then undertook a degree in history at Queens' College, University of Cambridge, and then an MA in revolutions at Sussex University. Thereafter he went to Goa, India where he eked a living as a hippy selling trinkets on Goa's beaches.[3]


In 1996, Anderson's older brother Hugh who worked as fund manager with Dutch investment bank ABN Amro arranged an interview for him. In a later interview with Al Jazeera, Anderson mused that at than time, he knew nothing about either finance or the City.[4] Anderson was resultantly employed as a utilities analyst, composing models of publicly listed companies. Within five years, his salary had jumped from £24,000 to £120,000; his first three years of bonuses: £14,000; £55,000 and £140,000.[3] In 1997 he moved to Société Générale, and in 1999 to Commerzbank.[2]

In 2000 Anderson joined Dresdner Kleinwort. Named top stock-picker two years running, appointed joint team leader of the utilities research team, the team becomes number two in the utilities sector and Anderson is personally judged the fourth highest-ranked analyst (out of around 100).[2]

City Boy[edit]

Anderson started writing his City Boy column in the third quarter of 2006 for thelondonpaper, which became a popular piece with some readers of the newly launched free newspaper.[5]

On 18 June 2008, it was revealed that Anderson was the columnist City Boy of thelondonpaper.[1][6] The following week he published his first book: Cityboy: Beer And Loathing In The Square Mile.[3]

A second book Cityboy: 50 Ways to Survive the Crunch was published in November 2008. In 2010 Anderson revealed that he was working on a third book, "Just Business". It is about a man who writes an anonymous column for a London-based newspaper, breaks into his boss’s computer and discovers a major crime.[7]


Works by Anderson[edit]


  1. ^ a b "City Boy interview". thelondonpaper. 2008-06-18. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "City Boy - History". 2008-06-18. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b c Davies, Barbara (2008-06-25). "How one city boy at the top of his game turned his back on £500,000 bonuses to write a book on what makes the city tick". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  4. ^ "The men who crashed the world - a four part investigation". Al Jazeera. 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Sanghera, Sathnam (2008-06-19). "City Boy: so hard to love". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  6. ^ Naughton, Philippe (2008-06-18). "Uncovered: Geraint Anderson, Cityboy". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Geraint Anderson Cityboy interview". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 

7. Interview with Geraint Anderson in Londonlist (

8. Interview with Geraint Anderson in Thisismoney (

9. Interview with Plain English Campaign (

10. Interview with The Guardian on a Cityboy's working day (

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