Geordie Greig

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Person.png Geordie Greig   IMDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, editor)
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Alma materEton College, St Peter's College (Oxford)
Parents • Carron Greig
• Monica Stourton
SpouseKatherine Greig
Member ofJeffrey Epstein/Black book
Former editor of the Daily Mail. "Britain's most connected man".

Employment.png Daily Mail/Editor

In office
2018 - 2021

George Carron "Geordie" Greig is an English journalist and former editor of the Daily Mail.

In 2005, The Observer newspaper termed Greig "Britain's most connected man".[1] - which includes his name listed in Jeffrey Epstein's black book.

Early life and career

Born 16 December 1960 in Lambeth, London,[2][3] Greig is the son of Sir Carron Greig and Monica Stourton, granddaughter of the 24th Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton. Members of his father's family have been royal courtiers for three generations — including his twin sister Laura, who was a lady-in-waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.[4] He attended Eton College and St Peter's College, Oxford.[3]

Greig began his career as a reporter for the South East London and Kentish Mercury newspaper, before joining the Daily Mail and then Sunday Today. He moved to The Sunday Times in 1987,[5] becoming arts correspondent in 1989 and then its American correspondent based in New York in 1991. Greig returned to London in 1995 to become The Sunday Times literary editor and was then appointed editor of Tatler magazine in 1999.[6]


He was appointed editor of the Evening Standard in February 2009.[7] D

In 2010 he was appointed editorial director of The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i (Independent Print Ltd) and the Evening Standard.

In March 2012, Greig became editor of The Mail on Sunday while remaining a director of Independent Print Ltd and the Evening Standard.

He succeeded Paul Dacre as editor of the Daily Mail in September 2018.[8]

Greig supported the UK remaining in the EU in the June 2016 referendum as editor of The Mail on Sunday.[9] He then shifted his stance to supporting Theresa May's withdrawal agreement. Greig was considered to have steered the Daily Mail in a pro-Remain direction, which has been criticised by his predecessor, Paul Dacre, who said "Support for Brexit is in the DNA of both the Daily Mail and, more pertinently, its readers. Any move to reverse this would be editorial and commercial suicide."[10] The Guardian said that Dacre's general criticism of Greig showed "the deep personal and ideological divisions at the top of the newspaper".

His tenure as editor of the Daily Mail came to an end on 17 November 2021.[11] He became consultant editor.[12]

Other interests

In addition to his editorial duties, Greig has literary interests, for instance writing the foreword for the Forward Book of Poetry (1999).[13] His 2011 book, The Kingmaker is about his grandfather, Louis Greig, a rugby international, who became mentor, physician and friend to the young and hesitant Prince Albert, the future King George VI. His influence helped to guide the prince from a stammering, shy schoolboy to become the monarch who saw Britain through the Second World War.[14]

Greig has also written about the life of Lucian Freud. According to his publishers Jonathan Cape:

As one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life Breakfast with Lucian tells an insider's account ... Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations ... and informed by interviews with friends, lovers, and some of the artist's children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter ... The book was published in autumn 2013.[15]

Personal life

On 25 November 1995 he married Kathryn Terry, who is originally from Texas; the couple have three children, a son and two daughters.[16] Greig and his family live in Notting Hill, London.[17]


  3. a b Burke's Peerage 2003, page 1657
  4. Burke's Peerage 106th edition p. 2025
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