September / October 2013
If you've been feeling that the newspapers, magazines and websites that you read don't quite get you - well, that's why we set up Spear's. Spear's has been described by Ben Goldsmith as 'a cross between Forbes and Vanity Fair' - and that's a pretty good place to start.
Spear’s is a multi-award-winning wealth management and luxury lifestyle media brand. Our magazine, which comes out every two months, is read by the most successful people in Britain, from heirs and entrepreneurs on the Sunday Times Rich List to London's top lawyers and bankers.
Contributors have included HRH The Prince of Wales, entrepreneur Luke Johnson, Anne McElvoy of The Economist and dandy-about-town Nick Foulkes. We regularly cover topics like private banking, innovative philanthropy, the art market and luxury travel, all written for grown-ups.
With the World Economic Forum’s annual marquee event being relocated from Davos to Singapore in May, senior politicians in the ambitious city-state worked long and hard to bring the WEF to Asia. They hope the event will help the Lion City establish itself as the leading international hub for businesspeople to meet ‘irl’ in the Covid purgatory of 2021. Our report describes what’s in store for those who decide to make the journey. In the luggage of many a ‘Davos Man’ travelling to Singapore, you can bet that there will be ties made by Hermès.
We chart the rise of the neckwear from its early days in Cannes to its Nineties peak in the world’s financial capitals – and ask whether our age of informality might pose an existential threat. Existential threats – to the planet, the financial system and the role of America – were on the mind of hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer when he campaigned to become the Democrats’ nominee for president last year. He speaks to Spear’s about what he learned in defeat, how Wall Street needs to change, and his relationship with Joe Biden. (Don’t be surprised if Steyer helps to shape the new president’s economic policies in the years to come.)
Elsewhere, the former editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, discusses his tenure and the process of writing his diaries. What he learned from close-quarters encounters with powerful people – from Lloyd Blankfein to Vladimir Putin – is worth sharing. We also have a second big beast of the media, Andy Coulson. Coulson, as has been well documented, rose to become director of communications at Number 10 but came crashing down to earth when he was convicted of phone hacking and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Now he’s using his experience to protect and burnish the reputations of his own clients. The exclusive interview features in our new briefing section which is divided into two parts: property and reputation management.
There is also space for replica Ferraris, the scion of a Parisian baking dynasty, a trip to the Serengeti, an examination of the watch industry’s changing attitudes to customisation and our Midas interview with actor Anna Friel.