‘Growing up, it was my hope that I would be of sufficient interest to be invited to join the bank, and ultimately the partnership,’ says Rennie Hoare, who has obviously taken to the family trade. The depth of history of the firm can hardly be stressed enough. As Hoare tells Spear’s: ‘We are 11th generation descendants of the bank’s founder and are custodians of the family’s values and ethos. Our purpose is to be “good bankers and good citizens”.’ That manifests itself both in the high-end service the bank provides and in its commitment to philanthropy – a focus Hoare himself shares. ‘For customers, discussions about philanthropy give us a chance to hear what motivates them and what their passions are,’ he explains.