Martin Vander Weyer

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Business Editor, The Spectator

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Martin began his career as an investment banker in London, Brussels and the Far East. He now makes sense of the business world at The Spectator. Hailed by Boris Johnson as ‘The most oracular and entertaining commentator in town', rather than a technical take on the state of the economy, Martin examines the real-world impact of business and markets with insight, wit, and the occasional financial morality tale.


Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor of The Spectator, the world’s oldest weekly current affairs magazine. As well has his regular look at all things financial, policy and market related he also runs the magazine’s Economic Innovator Awards for UK Entrepreneurs. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Literary Review, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and other national publications, as well as being an author of a number of books, plays and a collection of poetry.

Before turning his hand to journalism, Martin spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, Brussels, Eastern Europe and the Far East - including a spell in Malaysia privatising an airline. A highly experienced commentator rather than a technical economist, Martin examines the real-life impact of business, central banks and markets. He looks at public expenditure, the social responsibly of companies, boardroom activities and the real stories behind the business headlines.

Martin is an Academic Visitor at St Martin’s College, Oxford and is the author of Falling Eagle: The Decline of Barclays Bank, Fortune’s Spear, and a collection of columns and articles, Any Other Business: Life in and Out of the City. A proud Yorkshireman he is a founder trustee of Helmsley Arts Centre, a former governor of the Royal Northern College of Music, a trustee of Opera North, and chairman of the Ryedale music festival, and has written and performed in several plays.

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