The Banker

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The Banker
The January 2011 front cover of The Banker
TypeMonthly trade magazine
Owner(s)Financial Times (The Nikkei)
EditorJoy Macknight
Founded1926; 98 years ago (1926)
Headquarters1 Friday Street

The Banker is an English-language monthly international financial affairs publication owned by The Financial Times Ltd. and edited in London, United Kingdom. The magazine was first published in January 1926 through founding Editor, Brendan Bracken of the Financial News, who went on to become the chairman of the Financial Times from 1945-1958.[2]

Since its founding, the magazine has claimed a dedication to the international perspective through features, interviews, multi-media applications, and events. The Banker is the world’s premier banking and finance resource, read in over 120 countries and is the key source of data and analysis for the industry. It combines in-depth regional and country coverage with reports on global financial markets, regulation and policy, cash management and securities services, commodities and carbon finance, infrastructure and project finance, trading and technology, clearing and settlement, and management and governance issues.[3]

The Banker is read most widely in banks, financial institutions, multilateral corporations, central banks, and finance ministries around the world. Approximately 60% of its readers are CEO/President and CFO/Treasurers of their organisations.[4]

Features and awards[edit]

The Banker's primary focus is global financial comment and insight, featuring opinion pieces, profiles, and interviews with leading banking and finance figures. The Bracken Column[5] is named after Brendan Bracken, the founding editor of The Banker, and serves as a think-tank for financial sector participants.

The Bank of the Year Awards[6] is an annual awards event recognising the top financial institutions in the world. The most recent event took place in December 2021.

Top 1000 World Banks[7] is published annually in July based on the findings of The Banker Database.[8] This ranking serves to recognise global leaders in the industry for their achievements, ranking the world's banks by Tier 1 capital globally, as well as by individual country. The awards are the industry’s most widely used index of global banking, and are internationally recognised as the definitive guide to the soundness, strength, and profitability of banks.[9] The banks are assessed by Tier 1 capital, with secondary rankings by assets, capital/asset ratio, real profit growth, profit on average capital, and return on assets. In 2013 ICBC was ranked in top place,[10] the first time ever for a Chinese bank[11] and has retained the top position since then, including the 2022 ranking.[12]

As well as The Bank of the Year Awards, The Banker also conducts awards for Deals of the Year, Innovation in Digital Banking, Transaction Banking, Investment Banking, Finance Minister of the Year, Central Bank Governor of the Year, Private Banking, and Islamic Bank of the Year.[13]

Top Islamic Financial Institutions[14] annual listing assesses the global state of the Islamic banking and finance market today. Since 2007, it has aimed to help estimate the size and growth rate of the emerging Islamic financial marketplace.

Top 1000 World Banks[edit]

The Banker is known for its annual rankings of the world's top banks.[15] Below are the "Top 10 World Banks" from its "Top 1000 World Banks" ranking in 2016:[16]

Rank[15] Banks Country
1 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2 China Construction Bank  China
3 JPMorgan Chase  United States
4 Bank of China  China
5 Agricultural Bank of China  China
6 Bank of America  United States
7 Citigroup  United States
8 Wells Fargo  United States
9 HSBC  United Kingdom
10 Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group  Japan

The table below shows the top bank ranked by Tier 1 capital since 2000:[17]

Rank[15] Banks Country
2016 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2015 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2014 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2013 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  China
2012 Bank of America  United States
2011 Bank of America  United States
2010 Bank of America  United States
2009 JPMorgan Chase  United States
2008 HSBC  United Kingdom
2007 Bank of America  United States
2006 Citigroup  United States
2005 Citigroup  United States
2004 Citigroup  United States
2003 Citigroup  United States
2002 Citigroup  United States
2001 Citigroup  United States
2000 Citigroup  United States


The editors of The Banker are (as of September 2022):[18]

  • Joy Macknight (Editor)
  • Liz Lumley (Deputy Editor)
  • John Everington (Middle East and Africa Editor)
  • Kimberley Long (Asia Editor)
  • Sam Friend (Digital Content Editor)
  • Marie Kemplay (Capital Markets and Investment Banking Editor, and Americas Editor)
  • Barbara Pianese (Latin America Editor)
  • Silvia Pavoni (Associate Editor and Editor of Sustainable Views)
  • Justin Pugsley (Regulation Editor and Editor of Global Risk Regulator)


  1. ^ The Banker Print Media Pack 2012.pdf
  2. ^ "The Banker History: Window on the World". The Banker. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  3. ^ "About Us". The Banker.
  4. ^ Media Pack The Banker
  5. ^ "The Bracken Column". Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  6. ^ "The Bank of the Year Awards". The Banker. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Top 1000 World Banks". The Banker. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  8. ^ "The Banker Database". The Banker Database. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  9. ^ Media Pack The Banker
  10. ^ "The Top 1000 World Banks 2013". The Banker. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  11. ^ "China's ICC tops global bank rankings for first time". Reuters. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Top 1000 World Banks 2014: Back on track?". The Banker. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  13. ^ "The Banker awards". The Banker. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Top Islamic Institutions". The Banker. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "Top 1000 World Banks". The Banker.
  16. ^ "Summary of the Top 1000 World Banks". The Banker.
  17. ^ "Bank Rankings".
  18. ^ "About Us at The Banker's website".

External links[edit]

  • homepage of The Banker
  • The Banker Database The Banker's in-house source of current and historical financial data on the leading banks in every country, containing contact information and the latest annual results, with an archive of up to 25 years.