Michael Bear (Lord Mayor)

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Sir Michael Bear
The Lord Mayor of London Michael Bear.jpg
683rd Lord Mayor of London
In office
12 November 2010 – 11 November 2011
Metropolitan Mayor Boris Johnson
Preceded by Nick Anstee
Succeeded by Sir David Wootton
Personal details
Born 21 January 1953
Nairobi, Kenya Colony
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Barbara née Sandler
Children Amy; Marc
Residence London
Alma mater Clifton College, Witwatersrand Univ;
Cranfield Univ
Profession Property & construction
Religion Judaism

Sir Michael David Bear (born 21 January 1953, Kenya Colony) was the 683rd Lord Mayor of London, whose one-year term began on 12 November 2010 and ended 11 November 2011. He is the Alderman of the Ward of Portsoken and previously represented that Ward as Common Councilman and Deputy. In 2007 he was elected as Aldermanic Sheriff of London (for a one-year term).

A liveryman of the Paviors' Company, he subsequently joined the Chartered Surveyors' and Engineers' Companies. Bear was a key figure in the redevelopment of Spitalfields Market, situated just to the northeast of the City in Tower Hamlets.

As Lord Mayor, Bear served in an ambassadorial role not just for the Square Mile, but for the whole of the UK-wide financial and professional services industry.[1] He was also ex-officio Chancellor of City University London during his Lord Mayoral term (2010–11).

Early life and education[edit]

Sir Michael was born in Nairobi, in Kenya Colony, and grew up in Cyprus. Later he went to school at Clifton College in Bristol, before studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and Cranfield University in the UK.


Married to Barbara Sandler, they have a son named Marc and a daughter named Amy.


Bear was honoured with opening the trading session at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in July 2011.[2]

Bear was given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa by City University London in 2011.

Bear was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to regeneration, charity and the City of London.[3]

Bear was appointed a Honorary Fellow (Hon FREng)[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[5] in 2010.


  1. ^ www.cityam.com
  2. ^ Shemer, Nadav (3 July 2011). "London lord mayor opens trading at TA stock exchange". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 4 July 2011. City of London Lord Mayor Michael Bear opened trading at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday, ahead of a panel discussion on opportunities for cooperation between London and Tel Aviv. 
  3. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  5. ^ "List of Fellows". 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Nick Anstee
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Lord Mayor of London

Succeeded by
Sir David Wootton