Lionel Barber

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Lionel Barber
Lionel Barber.jpg
Barber speaking at the Financial Times 125th anniversary party in London, June 2013
Born (1955-01-18) January 18, 1955 (age 64)[1]
EducationDulwich College
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford
Notable credit(s)
Editor of the Financial Times
Children1 daughter, 1 son[2]

Lionel Barber (born 18 January 1955)[3] is an English journalist. Barber was appointed editor of the Financial Times (FT) in November 2005. Earlier in his career, he worked at The Scotsman and The Sunday Times, but was employed in a number of senior posts at the FT from the mid-1980s.

Early life[edit]

Barber was born to a journalist father,[4] he was educated at Dulwich College, an independent school for boys in Dulwich in South London and at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1978 with a joint honours degree in German and Modern History.


Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman. In 1981, after being named Young Journalist of the Year in the British press awards, he moved to The Sunday Times, where he was a business correspondent;[5] the co-writer of several books, his works includes a history of Reuters news agency (The Price of Truth, 1985) and the Westland affair (Not with Honour, 1986).

In 1985, he was the Laurence Stern fellow at The Washington Post. In 1992, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, working under Nelson Polsby at the Institute of Governmental Studies. In 1996, he was a visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman centre at the European University Institute in Florence. Barber's positions at the Financial Times have included Washington correspondent and US editor (1986–1992), Brussels bureau chief (1992–1998), and news editor (1998–2000), he was formerly the editor of the Financial Times Continental European edition (2000–2002), during which he briefed US President George W. Bush ahead of his first trip to Europe.

In November 2005, he was appointed editor of the Financial Times.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During his career, Barber has received several distinguished awards. In 1981, he was named Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards. In 1998, he was named one of the 101 most influential Europeans by Le Nouvel Observateur. In 2009, he was awarded the St George Society medal of honour for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. In 2016, he was made a Chevalier (knight) in the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his "contribution to high-quality journalism, and the Financial Times' positive role in the European debate".[7]

Other roles[edit]

In February 2011, Barber was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Tate, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.[8]


  1. ^ Who's Who
  2. ^ "World business, finance, and political news from the Financial Times -".
  3. ^ Who's Who
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  5. ^ "Lionel Barber" (PDF). Financial Times. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "New editor at the FINANCIAL TIMES" (PDF). Press Business (1). February 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  7. ^ Sweney, Mark (8 August 2016). "FT editor to be honoured by France for 'positive role' in EU debate". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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Preceded by
Andrew Gowers
Editor of The Financial Times
Succeeded by