CHRIS KENNY

SMITH & WILLIAMSON

City
London
Category
UHNW Wealth Managers
Company Size
UK

I joined Smith & Williamson the day that Tony Blair became prime minister,’ Chris Kenny recalls. The firm has grown considerably since. ‘We managed less than £1 billion – today we manage over £20 billion. We had around 30 employees – we’re close to 2,000 today,’ he notes. But unlike many in the industry, Smith & Williamson didn’t grow for growth’s sake, and it has managed to maintain an owner-managed, boutique-style offering for clients, with additional ‘armoury’ provided by its tax and accountancy arm. Such independence and flexibility is essential to stay in sync with rich families. ‘If the world is gradually moving to a more homogenised or industrialised approach, being the last man standing that does private client properly is a great aspiration.’

Chris Kenny
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