LONDON, 17 June 2023 – Anthony Watson, Group Chief Executive and Founder of The Bank of London has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in His Majesty The King’s inaugural Birthday Honours for services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community, for Equality and to Diversity.

Anthony, a veteran of both Wall Street and the City of London and only one of a few people in the world to successfully launch financial disrupters in both the United States and the United Kingdom, has a distinguished career as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leading LGBT rights advocate.

The King’s Birthday Honours recognises the achievements and services of people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and from all walks of life. The CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire Honours (excluding Knighthood/Damehood) and is senior in order of precedence to the OBE, MBE and BEM.

Harvey Schwartz, Group Chairperson of The Bank of London says: “On behalf of our Board and everyone at our firm, I would like to congratulate Anthony on this tremendous honour, which has been bestowed for his tireless support to the LGBT community. As Britain’s only gay bank CEO, and the first LGBT person in Europe to found a bank, he leads our firm daily with pride, passion and courage.”

Anthony Watson CBE, Group Chief Executive & Founder of The Bank of London, said: “I am quite literally stunned and humbled at being appointed CBE by His Majesty The King for services to the LGBT Community, for Equality and to Diversity. I accept this honour with immense gratitude.”


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