Multi-millionaire ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp who used to be Rishi Sunak’s boss will be next BBC chairman
- Richard Sharp could be announced in the role as soon as Thursday, say reports
- The Ex-Goldman Sachs banker used to be the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss
- He has spent the last year as an unpaid economic adviser to the Chancellor
Multi-millionaire ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp, who used to be Rishi Sunak’s boss, will be the next BBC chairman, according to reports.
Mr Sharp is set to be announced for the £160,000-a-year role as soon as Thursday, according to Sky News.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly signed off the selection, which is likely to be announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Mr Sharp will replace Sir David Clementi – who has held the position since April 2017.
Ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp who used to be Rishi Sunak’s boss will be the next BBC chairman, according to reports
Mr Sharp has spent much of the past year as an unpaid adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (pictured), who he was once the boss of during his long career at Goldman Sachs
Mr Sharp has spent much of the past year as an unpaid adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who he was once the boss of during his long career at investment banking giant Goldman Sachs.
He was parachuted in to oversee the Chancellor’s Covid economic rescue package.
Mr Sharp entered the race for the role earlier this year after former Chancellor George Osborne ruled himself out of the job.
Lord Charles Moore of Etchingham, once considered the leading contender, also pulled out of the race on ‘personal’ grounds.
Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby had also reportedly considered throwing his hat in the ring.
According to reports earlier this year in the Telegraph, Mr Johnson, with whom Mr Sharp is also close, was understood to be in favour of appointing a Tory-supporting chairman for the broadcaster.
Mr Johnson is reportedly said to want to stop what he believes is a growing left-wing bias at the corporation.
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