Rupert Harrison

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Rupert Harrison, CBE (born 1 Nov 1978, São Paulo Brazil)[1] is a British Economist and a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock. He was from 2006 to 2015 the Chief of Staff to George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the UK Treasury.[2] In 2014 Harrison was said to be one of the most powerful people in the UK and to be the main reason why Osborne could be a "part time" Chancellor.[3]

Harrison was educated at Eton College (where he was head boy)[1] and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he was awarded an Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. From 2002, he worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies before joining Osborne's team in 2006 and moving with him to the Treasury in 2010.

In his first year at Oxford he was in a band called Psychid with three other students.[4] One of his tutors at Oxford was Stewart Wood, who went on to become an adviser to both Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband, and the two are apparently still friends.[5]

In June 2013 it was reported by Guido Fawkes in the Sun Newspaper that Harrison delivered his son himself after the midwife was delayed, apparently earning him the nickname "safe hands Harrison".[6]

He obtained a PhD degree in Economics in 2007 from University College London entitled, Innovation and technology adoption and his academic research was published in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal and the Review of Economics and Statistics amongst others.[7][8][9]

In March 2014, he was the subject of the BBC Radio 4 Profile programme.[10]

In August 2015 Harrison joined the investment firm BlackRock where he is a Portfolio Manager and Chief Macro Strategist for Multi-Asset Strategies.[11][12][13]

He has written opinion pieces for the Financial Times[14][15] and appears regularly as a commentator on TV and radio.[16][17]

He is the Chair of The Fore, a charity dedicated to funding small charities and social enterprises.[18]

Harrison was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Dissolution Honours Lists on 27 August 2015.[19]

Views on Brexit[edit]

Harrison believes Brexit damages the UK economy. He wrote, "Q2 growth of 0.3% is not the end of the world, and I'm less gloomy than many on the outlook. But the rest of Europe is booming and we're not".[20][21]


  1. ^ a b "All power to the new Tories" (July 2010),
  2. ^ "Rupert Harrison | Conservative Home". Conservative Home. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ Nelson, Fraser (16 March 2014). "Ever wondered how George Osborne can be a part-time Chancellor?". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 21 March 2014. ... the most powerful person that no one has heard of ...
  4. ^ "NIGHTSHIFT - The Big Question - July 2002". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Poles apart in politics but best of friends away from the House". The Times. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Safe Hands Harrison". Guy Fawkes' blog. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  7. ^ "AEAweb: AER (96,5) p. 1859 - How Special Is the Special Relationship? Using the Impact of U.S. R&D Spillovers on U.K. Firms as a Test of Technology Sourcing". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Product Market Reforms, Labour Market Institutions and Unemployment". SSRN 981048. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. ^ "ICT and Productivity in Developing Countries". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  10. ^ Sieghart, Mary Ann (15 March 2014). "Rupert Harrison". Profile. BBC. Radio 4. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Osborne's former right hand man moves to BlackRock"[1]
  12. ^ Architect of UK pension reforms Rupert Harrison joins BlackRock
  13. ^ BlackRock Strategist Prefers European to U.S. Equities,, retrieved 5 July 2017
  14. ^ "We now need a proper roadmap to quell corrosive uncertainty".
  15. ^ "In praise of post financial crisis paranoia".
  16. ^ BBC Newsnight (9 March 2017), Budget 2017: The big debate - BBC Newsnight, retrieved 5 July 2017
  17. ^ Politics, DailySunday (19 May 2017). ""I think that probably did cost us votes in 2010, but it was worth it for the authority it gave to go on & do difficult things"". @daily_politics. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  18. ^ "thefore". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  19. ^ Prime Minister's Office (27 August 2015). "Press release Dissolution Honours 2015". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  20. ^ The Brexit slowdown is real
  21. ^ Rupert Harrison

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