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Sir Richard Kleinwort, Bt., DL

Sir Richard’s chief occupation is the role he plays on the Advisory Board of Kleinwort Hambros (formerly Kleinwort Benson), the long-established UK private bank, a position he proudly took up in 2011.

He is also Chairman of The Richard Kleinwort Consultancy Group, a global network of specialists in business consultancy, global partnering, capital access and executive search, which he founded in 2001.  Furthermore, in 2010 he took up the role of Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Cubitt Consulting, a London-based financial PR company.  Lastly, he is a Director of the Steppes Travel Group, a position he has held since 1998. 

For nearly five years he was a Governor of Stowe School, where he chaired various fundraising appeals. Sir Richard was on the board of the AIM IT specialist, RDF Group plc.  He was High Sheriff of West Sussex in 2008/09 and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex in 2005.  

Sir Richard began his career in the world of commercial banking, utilising his knowledge of languages with the then Banque Kleinwort Benson SA in Geneva, Banco General de Negocios in Buenos Aires and Deutsche Bank AG in Hamburg and Frankfurt.  In 1989, he moved into financial public relations, co-founding Cardew & Co in 1991 and later being appointed Head of European Financial PR at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Trustee of The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Sir Richard’s philanthropic interests extend to a number of charitable organisations to whom he offers, or has offered his support and enthusiasm.  These include the WWF 1001 Club (Member); WWF-UK Council of Ambassadors; World Scout Foundation, Geneva (Fellow); Institution of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst (Member); Chichester Cathedral Millennium Endowment Trust (Vice President); and The Prince’s Trust (Ambassador).  And finally, during 2019, he takes on the role of President of the South of England Agricultural Society.

Sir Richard is husband to Lucy and father to four children; Rufus, Tristan, Heloise and Ivo.  His interests include his family, travel, gardening, farming and watching England winning any sport.  They live on the family estate in Sussex where they have a large dairy herd.