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.