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David Forbes

Chairman, Private Office


London, UK

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David Forbes’ Biography

David Forbes is Chairman of The Private Office at Savills which he set up in 2007.

David established The Private Office after realising the need for a single point of contact for ultra-high-net-worth clients and their advisors to access the global Savills professional network. As the first port of call for private banks or family offices, David has a global perspective, so whether a client is looking to sell an exceptional villa in Thailand, acquire an estate in the Scottish Highlands or invest in a portfolio in Knightsbridge, he is on standby to provide in-depth advice with guaranteed discretion and confidentiality. He brings an eclectic combination of interests and abilities to The Private Office.

After being educated at Eton, he was commissioned into the 10th Gurkhas, and later became fluent in Nepali and Tibetan while based in Kathmandu. An adventurer with an insatiable curiosity for other cultures and customs, there are few corners of the world that he hasn’t visited. David is equally at ease in Singapore, Shanghai or St Tropez, gathering knowledge and contacts that underpin his position as an advisor to the global elite.

David began his career in property at Chesterfield estate agents, selling high-end properties in Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. As Chesterfield became recognised as one of the leading estate agencies in central London, David was delighted when Savills announced the further expansion of its business with the acquisition of Chesterfield in 2006.

With over four decades of experience, David is acknowledged to be an expert on property at the top end of the residential market, responsible for the sale of many of London’s most expensive houses and has built up a vast network of clients, providing invaluable advice to all. David offers all his clients the degree of professionalism he is renowned for, with the bonus of the broader marketing presence of the Savills organisation.

David Forbes’ Newsfeed

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Savills expands its Private Office network

The Savills Private Office now has 17 senior players around the world, offering a single point of contact for “a growing number of privately wealthy individuals seeking discreet, in-depth, worldwide property advice.”

The Savills Private Office expands its global network

David Forbes, Chairman of the Private Office, says: “What we offer over any of our competitors is global connectivity.  We can connect anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time, and can offer the best advice available for whatever asset class they are interested in.  With our expanded team, we are now a full service operation and our reputation and success depends entirely upon our ability to fulfil this promise to every client, every time."

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David Forbes’ Background

Chairman, Private Office
Jan 2007 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2007 by David Forbes, Savills' Private Office is a specialist department for in-depth global expertise, providing the discrete and confidential service ultra-high-net-worth clients require. Savills plc is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Chesterfield logo Chesterfield logo
Jan 1983 - Dec 2006
Chesterfield focused on selling high-end properties in Chelsea, Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
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The Starlight Children's Foundation
2012 - 2018
London, UK
Children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition are often confused, scared and facing serious medical treatments. Through their various programmes, Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalised kids and their families.


Savills - Private Office Film
Please click the Play button to view David Forbes describing the services offered by Savills’ Private Office.


Savills - Private Office Brochure
London, UK
Please click on the logo to view the Savills' Private Office Brochure, which explains how the Private Office enables clients to detail their requirements and agree on how they would like their account to be managed.
Savills - Private Office Showcase
David Forbes is Head of Private Office at Savills and regularly travels around the world to become more acquainted with clients' lifestyles and tastes. This enables him to understand the requirements of clients coming to live in London. Click on the logo to see the most recent Private Office Showcase.
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Awards & Endorsements

The Spear's 500
Top Ten 2021: Property Investment and Finance & Private Office Services
London, UK
In 2021 David Forbes was ranked in the top ten leading figures in Spear's Property Investment, and Finance & Private Office Services indices. To read Spear's Review, please click on the logo.
Tatler Address Book
David Forbes is featured in the Tatler Address Book, an indispensable guide to the very best of everything.
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David Forbes’ Education

Eton College
1962 - 1968

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