Sir George Iacobescu, CBE

Chief executive Canary Wharf Group

The chairman and CEO of the Canary Wharf Group, George Iacobescu fled Communist Romania in 1975 where he had been working as a structural engineering. Determined to escape the country, Iacobescu relied on Western contacts to help him break the Iron Curtain. Arriving in the UK in 1988, Iacobescu was appointed to supervise the Canary Wharf project. Since this time he has played a part in the development of the second tallest office building in the UK, One Canada Square; not to mention the global, European or UK Headquarters of HSBC Bank, Citibank, Barclays Bank, Clifford Chance, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Thompson Reuters, Credit Suisse, the Financial Services Authority and McGraw Hill. Canary Wharf Group also provides free office accommodation to a number of charities.

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