Simon Robertson

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Sir Simon Robertson (left) and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (right).

Sir Simon Manwaring Robertson (born 4 March 1941), is a British banker and businessman.[1]


Simon Robertson attended Eton College.[1][2][3]

He worked for Kleinwort Benson for 34 years, where he eventually served as Chairman of the Board.[1][2][4][5][6] He then worked for Goldman Sachs, where he served as President of Goldman Sachs Europe.[1][2][4][5][6] In 2004, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Rolls-Royce, and he became Chairman in January 2005.[1][2][4][5][6][7][8] He is expected to step down from the Board by the end of 2012.[9] He also serves on the Boards of Directors of HSBC Holdings, Berry Brothers and Rudd, and The Economist.[1][2][4][5][7][8][10] He has served on the Boards of the London Stock Exchange, Invensys, and Inchcape.[1][4][5] He runs Simon Robertson Associates.[1][2][4][5][7] He is a member of the 30% Club, a group of FTSE-100 Chairmen committed to having at least 30% of their Boardmembers being female.[11]

He sits on the Board of Directors of the Royal Opera House, and on the Board of Trustees of the Eden Project.[1][2][4][5][6][7][8][12] He is a member of White's. He was knighted in 2010.[3][6] He is a member of the Conservative Party Foundation.[13] He is reportedly worth £95 million.[2]

Robertson was knighted in the 2010 Birthday Honours for "services to business".[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Andrew Cave, 'British business people: The Top 1,000: Industry 20 to 1', in The Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2008 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 'HSBC chairman contenders: Sir Simon Robertson', in The Telegraph, 23 Sep 2010 [2]
  3. ^ a b Jill Treanor, 'Surprise on the menu for HSBC's chief executive Michael Geoghegan', in The Guardian, 26 September 2010 [3]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Rolls Royce biography
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Rolls Royce Board of Directors biography
  6. ^ a b c d e Peter Marsh, 'Knighthood: Simon Robertson', in The Financial Times, 11 June 2010 [4]
  7. ^ a b c d The Economist Group Board of Directors
  8. ^ a b c Eden Project Board of Trustees
  9. ^ 'Rolls-Royce given go-ahead by Government to hire its first foreign boss', in The Daily Mail, 1 May 2011 [5]
  10. ^ Berry Bros & Rudd Board of Directors
  11. ^ 30% Club members
  12. ^ Royal Opera House Board of Trustees
  13. ^ The Conservative Party Foundation members
  14. ^ "(Supplement) no. 59446". The London Gazette. 11 June 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2013-04-13.