Remember the people in the back streets of
Derby.’ That’s what Arthur Christiansen, editor of the Daily Express, would tell his journalists, back in the time when the paper was the leviathan of
Fleet Street, selling four million a day. In the newsroom of the 1960s Daily Mirror, meanwhile, the archetype of the reader was ‘the wife of the Sheffield bus conductor’. At Spear’s we have an altogether different individual in mind when we contemplate you, our Reader. And whether you are a fintech entrepreneur
pedalling up Cornhill on your carbon-fibre Hummingbird (the incredibly cool, Lambo of folding bikes now being made up in Banbury), enjoying a second Gibson
from the trolley at Duke’s hotel in St James’s, or lounging on the terrace of the irrepressibly chic Monte- Carlo Beach Club — where Churchill did front crawl
and Grace Kelly taught her son Prince Albert how to swim — you have one thing in common: you enjoy the wealth of choice.
As such, your perspective on the world is altogether different — closer, one might suggest, to the vantage point that a helicopter or private jet offers. And Spear’s readers tend to have something else important in common, too — they’re all going somewhere.
There you are, if you will, at the wheel of your Tesla, Range Rover or Pilatus PC-12 turboprop nine seater (what’s your poison?), cosseted and in climate controlled splendour, contemplating your next step in some endeavour, be it large or small, domestic, corporate, financial, cultural — you name it, there’s a journey.
That is what the Spear’s 500 is for: to provide you with a ready, turnkey solution to the wealth of choice you face, on hand to help you fulfil your ambitions and dreams. It’s for this reason I regard the Spear’s 500 as arguably one of the most significant books printed in the English language in a given year. It is a vast compendium of great talent and expertise in the many fields of private client work — a supreme almanac of excellence, a majestic ziggurat of insight designed to help the busy HNW find the solution to his or her needs. In the age of the iPhone, it is quite simply the one book that every HNW should have under a pillow, somewhere…
excellence, a majestic ziggurat of insight designed to help the busy HNW find the solution to his or her needs. In the age of the iPhone, it is quite simply the one book that every HNW should have under a pillow, somewhere…
Bigger than ever, the 2018 Spear’s 500 contains an astonishing 1,059 entries — 200 more than last year. Each has been painstakingly researched, in order to empower your decision-making. You may also notice that the book has received a discreet makeover, too, and the content has now been organised into chapters within its two bands, in order to improve navigation. Among the Spear’s team Vicky Oakley, Sarah Bee and Alicia Thomas deserve special commendation for helping to make this year’s Spear’s 500 happen.
So whether you’re after a wealth manager, a family lawyer, an homme d’affaires, an expert in antiquities, a country house to rent or the best party organiser in town, you can find it here. ‘The world is becoming better,’ ran a typically Beaverbrookian leader in the Daily Express on 28 May 1920. ‘In spite of Bolshevism, in spite of our gloomy prophets, in spite of personal and national greed, humanity at large is steadily gaining the heights of progress. The universal mind abroad with its hatred of injustice and tyranny and with its love of fairness and good will to men… Humanity moves on.’ And thanks to the Spear’s 500, HNW-kind is still moving on: the proof is in these pages.
Alec Marsh is editor of Spear’s