Simon Borrows

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Simon Borrows
Born24 January 1959
EducationRossall School
Alma materQueen Mary University of London
London Business School
OccupationInvestment banker, business executive
Spouse(s)Sally Ann Weston
Children1 son, 2 daughters
Parent(s)Kenneth Ambrose Borrows
Ailsa Nancy Borrows

Simon Borrows (born 24 January 1959) is a British investment banker. He is the former head of mergers & acquisitions at Barings Bank and the former chairman of the investment bank Greenhill & Co.. Since 2012, he has served as the chief executive of the private equity and venture capital firm 3i.

Early life[edit]

Simon Borrows was born on 24 January 1959 in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England.[1] His father was Kenneth Ambrose Borrows and his mother, Ailsa Nancy Borrows.[1]

Borrows was educated at the Rossall School.[1] He graduated from the Queen Mary University of London, where he earned an LL.B, and he earned a master in business administration from the London Business School in 1985.[1][2]


Borrows worked for HSBC in Hong Kong from 1980 to 1983, followed by Morgan, Grenfell & Co from 1985 to 1988, and Barings Bank from 1988 to 1998,[2] where he was the head of mergers & acquisitions from 1995 to 1998.[1] He joined Greenhill & Co. as a founding partner of the London office in 1998.[1] He was its co-president from 2004 to 2007, its co-chief executive from 2007 to 2010, and the chairman of Greenhill & Co. International from 2010 to 2011.[3] According to The Independent, he "turned Greenhill, once a small, specialist US-based investment bank, into a major player in Europe's M&A market."[4]

Borrows was principal external advisor to 3i, a private equity and venture capital company, from 1994 to 2004.[2] In that capacity, he advised 3i on its listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1994.[3] He became an executive director and its chief investment officer in October 2011.[1][2][4] In that capacity, he led the acquisition of Action for £114 million.[5] Since May 17, 2012, he has served as its chief executive officer.[1][2] He continues to be an executive director, and he serves on its group risk committee, its executive committee and its investment committee.[6]

Borrows served on the board of directors of Inchcape plc from 2011 to 2015. He also served as a non-executive director of British Land from 2011 to July 17, 2017.[2][7]

Personal life[edit]

Borrows married Sally Ann Weston in 1987.[1] They have a son and two daughters.[1] He is a member of the Queenwood Golf Club in Ottershaw and the St George's Hill Golf Club in Weybridge.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "BORROWS, Simon Alexander". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Greenhill & Co Inc (GHL:New York): Simon A. Borrows". Bloomberg. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Harry (July 6, 2011). "3i hires top investment banker Simon Borrows". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The Business On... Simon Borrows, Chairman, Greenhill". The Independent. July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Vincent, Matthew (March 18, 2017). "3i's Simon Borrows knows when to seek a piece of the Action". Financial Times. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors: Simon Borrows Chief Executive". i3. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Directorate Change". Financial Times. May 11, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.