Three things you didn’t know about...

Gabriella Griffith
Silicon Valley Bank’s UK chief executive PHIL COX

1 Born and bred in Cornwall, if Cox didn’t go into banking he would have become a farmer. “Farming’s pretty cool you know,” he told The Capitalist recently. He cut his agricultural teeth working at a local market garden when he was at school.

2 A self confessed child of the eighties, Cox’s favourite artist is Michael Jackson.

3 The banking boss admits to buying a “mid-life crisis car”. And it’s a Mercedes.