Rupert Hambro

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Rupert Hambro
Rupert Nicholas Hambro

(1943-06-27) 27 June 1943 (age 77)
EducationEton College
Alma materAix-Marseille University
OccupationBanker, businessman
Net worthIncrease £151 million (Sunday Times Rich List, 2020)
Spouse(s)Mary Boyer
Robin Hambro
ChildrenJonathan Hambro
Flora Hambro
Parent(s)Jocelyn Hambro
Ann Silvia Muir
RelativesCarl Joachim Hambro (paternal great-grandfather)
Olaf Hambro (paternal grandfather)
Richard Hambro (brother)
James Hambro (brother)

Rupert Nicholas Hambro CBE (born 27 June 1943) is a British heir, banker, businessman and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Rupert Hambro was born on 27 June 1943.[1] His father, Jocelyn Hambro, served as the Chairman of Hambros Bank from 1965 to 1972.[2] His mother was Ann Silvia Muir.[2] His paternal great-grandfather, Carl Joachim Hambro, was a Danish emigrants to England who founded the Hambros Bank.[2]

He was educated at Eton College.[1] He studied at the University of Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France.[1][2]


Hambro started his career at Peat Marwick Mitchell Co., which later merged with KPMG, from 1962 to 1964.[1]

He joined the family business, the Hambros Bank, in 1964.[1] He served on its board of directors from 1969 to 1986, and as its chairman from 1983 to 1986.[1][3][4][5] In 1986, he co-founded J.O. Hambro Capital Management, a mergers and acquisitions investment firm, with his father and two brothers.[3][5] He is also the owner of the private equity firm, Hambro & Partners.[3][5]

He is the former Chairman of Woburn Enterprises, which includes the Woburn Safari Park, the Woburn Abbey, golf courses and hotels.[3] He also served on the Boards of Directors of Anglo American plc, the Telegraph Group and the Sedgwick Group.[4] In 1976, he served on the board of directors of the White Pass and Yukon Corporation Ltd., which owns a railway on the White Pass and Yukon Route in Canada.[6]

He is Chairman of Cazenove & Loyd, a luxury travel agency, since 2003.[3] Additionally, he has been the Chairman of Theo Fennell PLC and is Chairman of Sipsmith since 2009.[3] He serves on the Supervisory Board of Bank Gutmann.[3][7] He has served as the Chairman of Robinson Hambro, a recruitment agency for corporate directors, since 2010.[3]

On 4 November 2013, Rupert incorporated Hambro Perks Ltd. with Dominic Perks and is a current director of the company.[8]

He has written in The Spectator.[9]

According to The Sunday Times Rich List in 2020 his net worth was estimated at £151 million.[10]


Hambro was the Treasurer of the National Art Collections Fund from 1991 to 2003.[3] He was the Chairman of the Museum of London Docklands from 1995 to 2008.[3]

He has served as the Chairman of The Silver Trust since 1988 and Vice Patron of the Royal British Society of Sculptors since 1997.[3][11] He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Art since 2010,[3] and he is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Bath.[5] Additionally, he has also served as the Chairman of the Development & Strategy Board of the Zoological Society of London since 2011.[3] He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wallace Collection.[3]

He has served on the Advisory Board of Open Europe, a think tank which promotes reform within the European Union, since 2006.[3] He is a Knight of the Order of the Falcon of Iceland.[3]

He was appointed CBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours for charitable services.

Personal life[edit]

Hambro married Mary Boyer (Robin) in 1970.[2] They have a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Flora.[2]

Robin Hambro is an American-born philanthropist, former London Editor of American Vogue who is on the International Best Dressed List.[12] He is a member of White's, the Groucho Club and The Walbrook Club in the City of London as well as the Jupiter Island Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rupert Nicholas Hambro, Debrett's
  2. ^ a b c d e f Charles Mosley (ed.), Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage, 1999, vol. 1, p. 1278
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Wallace Collection: Board of Trustees
  4. ^ a b Robinson Hambro
  5. ^ a b c d British Association of Adoption and Fostering: Who we are: President and Patrons Archived 17 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Second banking dynasty with cloud here, The Gazette (Montreal), 11 December 1976
  7. ^ Bank Gutmann: Governance
  8. ^ "Hambro Perks on Companies House". Companies House.
  9. ^ The Spectator: Rupert Hambro
  10. ^ Times, The Sunday. "Rich List 2020: profiles 802-900=, featuring Daniel Craig and Adele". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  11. ^ Royal British Society of Sculptors: Supporters
  12. ^ The International Hall of Fame: Women: 2009 Inductees, Vanity Fair, 3 August 2009