John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966, rising to Group Chief Executive from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader. He is an engineer, collector and businessman. He was voted 'Most Admired CEO' in Management Today every year from 1999 to 2002, and is a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His memoirs, Beyond Business, were published in 2010.
He is now Managing Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, and international energy private equity firm, a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the Tate Gallery.