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George Osborne

Ex- Chancellor of the Exchequer

Conservative Party


Ex- Chancellor of the Exchequer


Conservative Party


United Kingdom


53 years


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What makes George Osborne a Global Shaker?

George Osborne is the former Chancellor of Exchequer of the UK. He now serves as the editor of The Evening Standard and as a consultant for Blackrock, a US-based asset management firm.

Osborne worked briefly as a freelancer for The Daily Telegraph before joining the Conservative Research Department in 1994 and becoming head of its political section. He went on to be a special adviser to Douglas Hogg, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and worked at 10 Downing Street as well as for Prime Minister John Major’s campaign team in the party’s unsuccessful 1997 general election campaign, before becoming a speechwriter and political secretary to Major’s successor as party leader, William Hague.

Osborne was elected as MP for Tatton in 2001, becoming the youngest Conservative member of the House of Commons. He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Conservative leader Michael Howard in 2004. The following year he ran David Cameron’s successful party leadership campaign. Cameron then appointed him Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and, after the 2010 general election, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

As the architect of “Project Fear,” the Chancellor of the Exchequer recruited the governor of the Bank of England, the head of the International Monetary Fund and every other expert he could find to warn of the apocalyptic consequences of leaving the EU.

Unfortunately for Osborne and Cameron, the idea of highlighting the potential drawbacks of exiting from EU just did not resound with the voters. Project Fear failed after all.

Last updated: April 24, 2018