Edward George

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Person.png Edward George  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Economist)
Lord George BBC.jpg
Born16 September 1938
Carshalton
Died18 April 2009 (Age 70)
St Tudy, Cornwall
NationalityBritish
Alma materDulwich College, Joint Services School for Linguists, Emmanuel College (Cambridge)
Children • Hon.
• Liz
• Hon. Edward
SpouseVanessa Williams
Governor of the Bank of England from 1993 to 2003 and sat on the board of NM Rothschild and Sons.

Employment.png Governor of the Bank of England

In office
30 June 1993 - 30 June 2003
DeputyDavid Clementi
Succeeded byMervyn King

Edward Alan John George, Baron George[1] known as Eddie George, or sometimes as "Steady Eddie", was Governor of the Bank of England from 1993 to 2003[1] and sat on the board of NM Rothschild and Sons.

He had part of his education at the Joint Services School for Linguists, suggesting later ties to the intelligence services.

George attracted controversy in 1998 when he was widely reported to have made a statement to London newspaper executives implying that unemployment in the north of England was a price worth paying to preserve affluence in the south of the country.

Early life

George was born and grew up in Carshalton, the son of Alan, a Post Office clerk, and his wife Olive. He attended the independent school Dulwich College on a scholarship. Having learned to speak Russian at Dulwich, he carried out his National Service at the Joint Services School for Linguists. He attended and graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Financial career

George joined the Bank of England in 1962. Apart from secondments to Moscow State University, the Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund, he remained there throughout his career.

After three years as Deputy Governor,[2] he was appointed Governor of the Bank of England to succeed Robin Leigh-Pemberton, who retired on the completion of his second five-year term of office on 30 June 1993. During the early part of George's governance, his successful relationship with then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke gained for them the nickname of 'the Ken and Eddie Show'.[3] Upon the Labour Party coming to power at the 1997 general election, the Bank was given independence in setting UK interest rates by Gordon Brown, the incoming Chancellor of the Exchequer.[1] George was succeeded as Governor of the Bank of England in July 2003 by Mervyn King.

George attracted controversy in 1998 when he was widely reported to have made a statement to London newspaper executives implying that unemployment in the north of England was a price worth paying to preserve affluence in the south of the country. He later claimed that his remarks had been misconstrued.[4]

Later life

George served as a Governor of his former school, Dulwich College, between 1998 and 2008, and was made Chairman of the Governors between 2003 and 2008.[5][6]

On 18 April 2009, George, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer.[1][7]

Personal life

George married Vanessa George, Lady George (née Williams) in Surrey in 1962. They had three children. Lady George died in March 2017.[8]

Honours

George was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Birthday Honours.[9] He was made a life peer in June 2004[1] as Baron George, of St Tudy in the County of Cornwall.[10][11] He was awarded an honorary D.Sc. by the University of Buckingham on 4 March 2000, and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in March 2006.



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