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Merryn Somerset Webb


Merryn Somerset Webb started her career in Tokyo at public broadcaster NHK before becoming a Japanese equity broker at what was then Warburgs. She went on to work at SBC and then UBS without moving from her desk in Kamiyacho (it was the age of mergers).


After five years in Japan she returned to work in the UK at Paribas. This soon became BNP Paribas. Again no desk move was required. On leaving the City, Merryn helped The Week magazine with its City pages before becoming the launch editor of MoneyWeek in 2000.


16 years on, MoneyWeek is the best-selling financial magazine in the UK and Merryn remains as its editor-in-chief. Merryn also has a weekly column in the FT and a monthly column in Saga. She is a regular TV/radio commentator and speaker on financial matters and contributes to publications from the Spectator and Prospect to Woman & Home and Libertine (a magazine for the thoughtful woman).


She is a trustee of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation (which kindly financed her initial Japanese language education and sponsored her at NHK) and is a director of two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust.


Merryn has a first class degree in history and economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration from BBP University. She took and passed (with distinction) the Private Client Investment and Investment Management exam (which qualifies her to Level 6) in 2013.


To find out more about Merryn, read an in-depth interview with her here.

Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb

Sorry Nicola Sturgeon, the revenue numbers do matter

The latest government expenditure and revenue statistics (GERS) paint a grim picture for Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb – and Nicola Sturgeon knows it.

The new church collection box? It’s got to be contactless

The death of cash is bad for all sorts of reasons. But when it comes to church collections, it might not be the end of the world, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Want to end the gender pay gap? Stop women having babies

A new report has backed up the uncomfortable truth, says Merryn Somerset Webb – to end the gender pay gap you have to alter biology.

The graduate tax masquerading as student loans

Student loans have all the hallmarks of really being a graduate tax in disguise, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s not a good thing.

Why we need to give bonuses to Olympians, but not to fund managers

Give athletes funding and they will go after glory. But when it comes to fund managers, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it gets a little more complicated.

Nicola Sturgeon’s double standards

It’s all very well Nicola Sturgeon saying Europeans should be guaranteed the right to stay in Scotland post-Brexit. But would she say the same of Britons in an independent Scotland?

Don’t like “Brexit”? Vote here for a new word to describe the UK leaving the EU

The word “Brexit” carries so much baggage from the referendum campaign. We need a new word that offers a sense of hope, says Merryn Somerset Webb – vote for your favourite.

The end of your financial privacy

Global tax structures that ensure everyone pays what they owe are all well and good. But not if it comes at the expense of your privacy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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