Frankly, chums, rather a mixed reaction to my ‘Guess the Private Banker’ quiz of last Friday. As will be recalled, I showed a number of the Great and the Good of wealth in Covid-proof facemasks, concealing most of their features.
Your job was correctly to identify these illustrious men and women who, because of lockdown have not been seen in public for months.
Our instincts that they were in danger of being completely forgotten turned out to be pretty accurate, given the wide range of inaccurate responses.
I did promise a prize of a box of 24 environmentally friendly toilet rolls. But no one got all 16 of our pictures right. So I am donating the loo tissues to the deserving Bladder and Bowel charity instead.
So, without ado, here is the true identity of our masked mysteries:
1. Andy Steel – James Hambro & Partners: No mistaking the features of Andy, the nearest thing we have in wealth management to Nikita Kruschev crossed with James Bond. A founding member of the JH team, Andy is one of the PAM 50 Most Influential – the definitive list of those at the forefront of shaping private client work in the UK.
2. Eva Lindholm – head of UBS Wealth Management UK: An executive who deserves to be much better known. A tough quiz entry as only other UBS people identified her correctly. So I suggest she does a bit more PR (and no, JD from Credit Suisse, this was not a photo of Hollywood star Jodie Foster).
3. Duncan MacIntyre – Lombard Odier: Duncan, one of the Scots flagbearers in private banking, is legendary for his Burns night suppers. I do, though recommend a course of haggis herd immunity for next year’s occasion. And no, WS at Close Brothers, this was not a photo of Braveheart without costume.
4. Robert Kitchen – Brown Shipley: We always think of Brown Shipley as being right up there in the posh Poggenpohl range of luxury kitchens when it comes to private banking analogies. Well done, Bob but can I have granite worktops?
5. Nathalie Morrison (nee Dauriac)– Hay Hill Wealth Management: One of our favourites as she has given us lashings of fun and entertainment in recent years. One has to admire a lady who takes on a multi-millionaire like John Caudwell– and wins! So many correct guesses from our quizzers except someone at Signia, who thought this was a picture of a young Bridget Bardot.
6. Richard Charnock – Aberdeen Standard Capital: Richard’s piercing and arresting eyes are such an asset to his firm. He only has to whisper to clients, ‘Look deeply into my eyes’ and, completely mesmerised they immediately put the whole of their portfolios with him. And no, SH, at Quilter, Richard has never appeared in a movie of the Jekyll & Hyde legend.
7. David Rosier of Waverton: All the correct guesses were, unsur...