Alastair Campbell spins prizes at Euromoney Private Banking Awards dinner – photos
On Thursday evening, 300 private bankers from more than 30 countries attended the Euromoney Private Banking Awards dinner at Plaisterers' Hall in London.
UBS scooped the top prize of Best Global Private Bank. The award was collected by Alain Robert, the bank's vice-chairman of wealth management.
The evening was hosted by Alastair Campbell, who served as head of communications for former UK prime minister Tony Blair.
As the chief spin doctor for a former left-of-centre government, Campbell might have been a little uneasy about speaking in front of those who manage money for the world’s richest people. His former boss, though, seems to have embraced capitalism full-on, given his multi-million pound annual stipend from JPMorgan.
Campbell told the audience he had telephoned his daughter just before going onstage. "She asked me what I was doing tonight. I said I was giving out awards to the world's leading private bankers. She called me a sell-out," Campbell joked.