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William Drake

Owl Private Office

London, UK

Founder

Owl Private Office

William Drake
Biography
William Drake is Co-Founder of Owl Private Office LLP and Chairman of RFR Property Private Office. William co-founded Lord North Street, a Private Investment Office, which was acquired by Sandaire in early 2014. He previously spent over 17 years at Granville Plc and before that at Kleinwort Benson. He is a Cambridge Law graduate and, until 1979, qualified as a barrister working as a US attorney. William was a Presiding Judge for the STEP Private Client Awards in 2012/13 and is a Member of the Development Committee of the Prince's Teaching Institute.

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10 Oct 2017
Spear's Magazine
Revealed: the 2017 Spear’s Wealth Management Awards nominees

We are proud to unveil the hopefuls ahead of the most prestigious event on the HNW calendar – the Spear'sWealth Management Awards...The evening will include the coveted Trusted Adviser award, with the highly respected tax advisers Elizabeth Henson (PwC), Mark Bridges (Farrer & Co) and Jonathan Conder (Macfarlanes), reputation law guru Mark Stephens (Howard Kennedy) and family office adviser William Drake (Owl Private Office) in the running. 

18 Jul 2017
Spear's Magazine
Where’s the smart money going in 2017?

The enormous potential of China is attractive, if only it can be satisfactorily tapped. William Drake, co-founder of Owl Private Office, regularly visits the jurisdiction and the trick, he insists, is to get out of Beijing and Shanghai and understand middle China: ‘The middle class and lower middle class in China is getting steadily wealthier,’ he explains, ‘and they’re buying fast-moving consumer goods which we take for granted – pineapple juice, babyware, nappies, toothpaste, all these things. But the Chinese stock market is gambler-oriented, and there’s no institutional core to keep it steady: it’s volatile, with very difficult corporate governance.’

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William Drake’s Background

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Owl Private Office
Founder
May 2016 - Present
London, UK
Owl Private Office is an independent consultancy established in London by Adam Wethered, William Drake and Andrew Wimble, providing an overarching advisory service to wealthy families, trustees and charities to obtain the best from their investments and professional services.
Chairman
Oct 2015 - Present
RFR, the award winning Property Private Office, provides intelligent, creative and seamless advice on all residential property matters across 6 core practice areas.
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Pelican Family Investments
Chairman
Aug 2014 - Present
Suffolk, UK
Donor, Patron and Member of the Development Committee
Apr 2012 - Present
London, UK
Providing professional development and inspiration to teachers. We re-engage teachers with their specialist subjects, inspiring them to bring renewed enthusiasm into their classrooms and raise the aspirations of their pupils.
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William Drake’s Education