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Robert Peston's Biography

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Robert Peston was born on 25 April 1960, the son of Helen and Maurice, the late Labour peer, Lord Peston.

His grandparents were tailors in London's East End, and his maternal grandmother owned a shop in Waterloo.

Robert Peston went to a north London comprehensive, Highgate Wood, and then studied at Balliol College, Oxford.

He worked at the Investors Chronicle and was a journalist at The Independent when it launched in 1986.

In the 1990s he held various senior roles at the Financial Times including Financial Editor and Banking Editor.

In 2002, he joined The Sunday Telegraph as City Editor, and three years later was promoted to Associate Editor.

Robert Peston joined the BBC in 2005 as business editor for 8 years before becoming its economics editor in 2013.

In 2015, he left the BBC to join ITV as its political editor,  succeeding Tom Bradby, who had been appointed anchor of ITV News at Ten.

One of the attractions for Peston's changing channel was that he was also given his own show, Peston on Sunday.

Robert Peston is also the founder of the charity Speakers for Schools and his books include Who Runs Britain?

His wife was the writer Siân Busby. They had split up and then got back together and married in 1998.

However, Siân died of lung cancer in 2012.

Robert Peston The Telegraph: "‘After Siân died, I did change the way I looked – hair, clothes, lost quite a lot of weight. None of it was conscious, I didn’t make a plan, but there was something going on in the psychological sense about trying to rebuild or make a new start or something; that’s why these things happened."

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