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Sir Robert Chote
Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility
In office
4 October 2010[1] – 4 October 2020
Preceded bySir Alan Budd
Succeeded byRichard Hughes
Personal details
Born (1968-01-24) 24 January 1968 (age 53)
Spouse(s)Sharon White (m.1997)
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
City University, London
Johns Hopkins University

Sir Robert Chote (born 24 January 1968[2]) is a British economist and was chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility from 2010 to 2020.[3][4]


Chote completed his secondary education at St Mary's College in Bitterne Park, Southampton.[5] In 1989 he graduated in economics from Queens' College, Cambridge (where he was president of Cambridge University Social Democrats, and, after the merger of the SDP with the Liberals, chair of Cambridge University Social and Liberal Democrats). He then studied journalism at City University, London, and international public policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.[6][7]


Chote began his career as a reporter and columnist at The Independent, and was named Young Financial Journalist of the Year in 1993 when working for the Independent on Sunday by the Wincott Foundation. He then moved to the Financial Times to become Economics Editor in 1995.[6]

From 1999 he served as an adviser to the senior management of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked under Stanley Fischer and Anne Krueger. Chote was appointed director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in October 2002.[6] He has also served as a member of the Statistics Advisory Committee of the Office for National Statistics.

In September 2010, he was appointed as chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility, succeeding Sir Alan Budd. This appointment was subject to Parliamentary approval which was received.[8] He started as Chairman on 4 October 2010. As of 2015, Chote was paid a salary of between £150,000 and £154,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[9]

Chote was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to fiscal policy and economy.[10]

Personal life

Since 1997, Chote has been married to Sharon White,[11][12] chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and previously the chief executive of Ofcom.


  1. ^ "Today's Stock Market News and Analysis". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Robert Chote CV". UK Parliament. October 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Robert Chote to head Office for Budget Responsibility". BBC News. 9 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Richard Hughes confirmed as the next Chair of the OBR". 15 July 2020.
  5. ^ "St Mary's College - Southampton Private Day School". 20 October 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Robert Chote". Institute for Fiscal Studies. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  7. ^ Denny, Charlotte (13 March 2004). "Hack turns to crunch". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Aldrick, Philip (17 September 2010). "Robert Chote tells MPs: open OBR to all parties". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  9. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 17 December 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 63218". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2020. p. N2.
  11. ^ McElwee, M (2000) The Great and the Good? The rise of the new class, p, 55. London: Centre for Policy Studies.
  12. ^ "We've never seen public finances get so bad in such a short time". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 June 2010.

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