Leslie O'Brien, Baron O'Brien of Lothbury

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The Lord O'Brien of Lothbury

Sir Leslie O'Brien 1967.jpg
Portrait by Walter Bird, 1967
Governor of the Bank of England
In office
Preceded byThe Earl of Cromer
Succeeded byGordon Richardson
Personal details
Leslie Kenneth O'Brien

(1908-02-08)8 February 1908
Dulwich, London
Died24 November 1995(1995-11-24) (aged 87)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Resting placeTandridge, Surrey, England

Leslie Kenneth O'Brien, Baron O'Brien of Lothbury GBE PC (8 February 1908 – 24 November 1995) was Governor of the Bank of England.

After attending Wandsworth School in London, he joined the Bank of England in 1927 and rose through the ranks, becoming chief cashier in 1955, deputy governor in 1966, before serving as governor from 1966 until 1973.

As governor, O'Brien presided over the devaluation of the pound in 1967.

He became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1967[1] and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1970.[2] Following his retirement as governor in 1973 he was created a life peer as Baron O'Brien of Lothbury, of the City of London.[3]

He married firstly Isabelle Pickett (1908–1987) in 1932, and secondly Marjorie Taylor (born 1923) in 1989. He died in Tandridge, Surrey, in 1995.



  1. ^ "No. 44210". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1966. p. 10.
  2. ^ "No. 44999". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1969. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 45930". The London Gazette. 16 March 1973. p. 3513.


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Government offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Cromer
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
Gordon Richardson