John Anthony Swire

Sir John Swire CBE
John Anthony Swire

(1927-02-28)28 February 1927
Marylebone, London, England
Died28 November 2016(2016-11-28) (aged 89)
EducationEton College
University of Oxford
ChildrenBarnaby Swire, Jonathan Swire
Parent(s)John Kidston Swire
RelativesJohn Samuel Swire (great-grandfather)
Adrian Swire (brother)

Sir John Anthony Swire CBE (28 February 1927 – 28 November 2016[1]) was a British businessman.

Early life[]

Sir John Anthony Swire was educated at Eton College and the University of Oxford.[1][2] He served in the Irish Guards from 1945 to 1948, both in the UK and in Israel.[1]


He started his career at Butterfield & Swire, a subsidiary of the Swire Group in Hong Kong, in 1950.[1] He served on the Board of Directors of John Swire & Sons Ltd from 1955 to 1997, as its Chairman from 1966 to 1987, and Honorary President from 1987 to 1997.[1] He became its Life President in 1997.[1]

He served on the Boards of Directors of British Bank of the Middle East, Ocean Transport & Trading, James Finlay & Co, and Shell Transport & Trading Co.[1] He served on the London Advisory Committee of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1969 to 1989.[1]

He became a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1977.[2] He was an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford in 1987 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Hong Kong in 1989.[2] He was knighted in the 1990 New Year Honours. He served on the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1981 to 1990.[1] He then served as the Deputy pro-Chancellor of the University of Kent from 1993 to 1999.[1] He was a member of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.[1]

He died on 28 November 2016 at the age of 89.[3]