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Rupert Lascelles Pennant-Rea
23 January 1948
|Education||Peterhouse Boys' School|
|Occupation||Economist, businessman, journalist|
|Spouse(s)||Cinzia De Santis|
The son of Peter Athelwold and Pauline Pennant-Rea, he was educated at the Peterhouse Boys' School, an Anglican church boarding school near Marandellas, Rhodesia (now Marondera, Zimbabwe), before attending Trinity College, Dublin, and Manchester University, where he received his MA degree. He is married and has 3 children from previous marriages and one step-daughter.
Pennant-Rea joined the Bank of England in 1973 and remained until 1977, when he left to work for The Economist magazine. He was the magazine's editor from 1986 until 1993. Between 1993 and 1995, he again joined the Bank of England as Deputy Governor of the bank, under the governorship of Edward George. In 1994 he became a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.
In 1995 he became a director of a Canadian mining company, Sherritt International.. In March 1996, he was banned from the USA (along with his wife at the time and under-age children) because of Sherritt's commercial interests in Cuba, under the terms of the USA's Helms-Burton Act..
Pennant-Rea was chairman of the British company Stationery Office following its privatisation in 1996. Pennant-Rea was a British American Tobacco director from 1998-2007.. He was also Chairman of Henderson Group and a non-executive director of Go-Ahead Group, a transport company, First Quantum and Gold Fields, both mining companies.
In July 2009, Pennant-Rea was appointed non-executive chairman of The Economist Group, having served as a non-executive director since August 2006.. In July 2018, after 9 years, he was succeeded by Paul Deighton. He is Chairman of Royal London, Chairman of PGI, an agriculture company, and a National Independent director of the Times Newspapers.
In the non-profit sector, Pennant-Rea is a trustee of the Marjorie Deane Foundation, the Wincott Foundation and the Speakers Trust, the UK's leading public-speaking training charity. He was Chairman of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and is currently Chairman of Healing Venezuela. Pennant-Rea has written a series of books about economics and a novel, Gold Foil.
| Editor of The Economist
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- Harrison, Michael (9 April 1999). "Stationery Office chiefs set for pounds 13m windfall". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
- "Royal London Announces New Chairman". London: Royal London. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Greenslade, Roy (2 March 2011). "Another Murdoch joins The Times board - with a retired spy". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- Our Trustees
- "Healing Venezuela a UK registered charity dedicated to sending medical supplies to Venezuela". Healing Venezuela. Retrieved 2018-12-12.