Leslie O'Brien, Baron O'Brien of Lothbury
The Lord O'Brien of Lothbury
Portrait by Walter Bird, 1967
|Governor of the Bank of England|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Cromer|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Richardson|
Leslie Kenneth O'Brien
8 February 1908
|Died||24 November 1995 (aged 87)|
Redhill, Surrey, England
|Resting place||Tandridge, Surrey, 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 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1970. Following his retirement as governor in 1973 he was created a life peer as Baron O'Brien of Lothbury, of the City of London.
He married firstly Isabelle Pickett (1908–1987) in 1932, and secondly Marjorie Taylor (born 1923) in 1989. He died in Tandridge, Surrey, in 1995.
- Middlemas, Keith (27 November 1995). "Obituary: Lord O'Brien of Lothbury". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- Middlemas, Keith (May 2006). "O'Brien, Leslie Kenneth, Baron O'Brien of Lothbury (1908–1995)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/60373. Retrieved 2009-11-06. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
The Earl of Cromer
| Governor of the Bank of England