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FN25 finance leaders: How they made the City great – Financial News

Financial News was founded a decade after the ‘Big Bang’ that transformed financial markets through wide-ranging deregulation. In the two-and-half decades since, the City of London has changed almost beyond recognition.

There have been several bumps along the way, including the dotcom bubble bursting, the global financial crisis, Brexit, Covid and now the Russia-Ukraine war. But the City has remained the epicentre of finance in Europe and, when asked, the executives on FN‘s list of 25 City Influencers were confident that London could rise to the challenges it faces.

To compile the list, FN’s editorial team asked senior executives for recommendations of the people they had worked with who deserve recognition. The team also put forward their own suggestions of those who have played a hand in transforming the City. The final 25 places are by no means exhaustive — we could have put together a much longer list of people who have been influential in London’s finance sector. There are a couple of joint entries of co-founders of companies.

Those on the list are not all still based in the UK and some have stepped back from day-to-day management positions in finance and moved to consultancy and advisory roles. But they have all at one time played a major part in banking, fund management, hedge funds, private equity, insurance, trading or regulation in London, or by founding their own companies that have gone on to become household names.

Here is our pick of the people who have helped transform UK finance.

Click on the links for full profiles:

Sir Winfried Bischoff
Having forged a reputation as a leader through multiple high-profile positions in the City, Sir Win is now chair of JPMorgan Securities

Amanda Blanc
A pioneer for women wanting to make it to the top of business, Blanc is CEO of Aviva Group

Anne Boden
The founder of challenger bank Starling, Boden has become a tour de force in fintech

Mark Carney
The rock-star central banker who led the Bank of England for seven years

Jeremy Coller
The ‘Godfather of Secondaries’, Coller’s eponymous firm is now a giant in an ever-expanding sector

Michael Dobson
Dobson is a giant of fund management who transformed Schroders

Martin Gilbert
A prolific dealmaker, Gilbert is continuing his fund manager acquisition spree as chair of AssetCo

Guy Hands
The self-styled king of British private equity, Hands founded Terra Firma almost two decades ago

Sir David Harding
A hedge fund manager and philanthropist, Sir David has had a big impact on financial services and beyond

John Ions
Ions has shaped Liontrust into a leader in ESG and governance that punches well above its weight

Sir Paul Marshall and Ian Wace
The hedge fund duo run one of London’s top managers and are also known for their charity work

Dame Helena Morrissey
One of the biggest champions of gender equality in the City, Dame Helena has held various leadership positions in asset management

Andrea Orcel
The chief executive of UniCredit has ambitious plans for the bank focused on hiring and digitalisation

Daniel Pinto
Now one of Jamie Dimon’s right-hand men, Pinto has rapidly risen up the ranks of Wall Street bank JPMorgan

Dame Anne Richards
An electrical engineer by background, Dame Anne is now one of the most well-known names in UK fund management

Sir Simon Robey and Simon Warshaw
The dealmaking duo have won roles on some of the biggest and most complex transactions in the UK over the last 30 years

Xavier Rolet
As CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group for almost a decade, Rolet became a household name in the City

Alison Rose
The first woman to lead one of the UK’s big four banks, Rose is leading the way in improving gender equality in financial services

David Rutter
A serial entrepreneur, Rutter is now shaping the dialogue on how blockchain can be used to transform businesses

Sacha Sadan
Sadan led the way on corporate governance during his time in fund management before becoming the FCA’s first director of ESG

Michael Sherwood
Sherwood became one of Goldman Sachs’ most powerful men outside Wall Street during his 31 years at the bank

Lord Michael Spencer
Lord Spencer led the way in electronic trading and founded what became the world’s largest interdealer broker

Dr Kay Swinburne
An MEP for a decade, Swinburne had a huge influence on the shape of EU regulation that governs trading in the region

Baroness Shriti Vadera
Baroness Shriti has an impressive list of achievement in the City and UK politics

Sir Mark Weinberg
Sir Mark set up one of the UK’s most successful wealth managers, St James’s Place

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