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David Forbes

Chairman, Private Office


London, UK

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

The Private Office was established to combine exemplary service with the resources and expertise, as well as the highest standards of discretion, that only a global organisation such as Savills can provide. The Private Office offers clients a highly experienced point of contact with an in-depth knowledge of Savills global business, ensuring that clients are assigned the correct contact or department within the organisation. David regularly travels the world, acquainting himself with the tastes and lifestyles of overseas customers, thus enabling him to understand the requirements of the increasing number of people wanting to live in London, and to advise developers and vendors accordingly.

David became a partner of Chesterfield estate agents in 1984, 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

Financial Times
Search for splendid isolation drives prime home sales boom

David Forbes, chairman of Savills’ private office, was quoted in this Financial Times article.

Robb Report
In the Covid Era, the Mythical Appeal of a Private Island Is Only Intensifying

For those on a tighter budget a private island might seem like an encumbrance. This is the view of David Forbes, chairman of Savills Private Office, the department of the global real-estate brokerage that deals with ultra-high-net-worth clients. 

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David Forbes’ Background

Chairman, Private Office
Jan 2007 - Present
London, UK
Savills plc is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. Savills have an international network of more than 700 offices and associates throughout the Americas, the UK, continental Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Chesterfield logo Chesterfield logo
Jan 1983 - Dec 2006
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 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 - Global Showcase Brochure
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 Global Showcase.

Awards & Endorsements

Spear's | Wealth Managers
Property Advisers 2020: Top 12 International and Strategic Advisors
London, UK
Spear’s readers will be hard pressed to find a figure more attuned to the global property world than David Forbes, head of Savills’ private office.

David Forbes’ Education

Eton College
1962 - 1968

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