Tribute to Peter Martin, Chief Business Columnist and Associate Editor of the Financial Times

It is with the deepest regret that the Financial Times announces the death of Peter Martin, Chief Business Columnist and Associate Editor.

One of the leading financial journalists of his generation, Peter joined the FT in 1988 after a distinguished career in television and at the Economist. Through a succession of senior positions at the FT, including Deputy Editor, he played a vital role in the rapid international development of the newspaper, led the establishment of as a top business news website and wrote unique and brilliant columns for more than a decade.

Andrew Gowers, Financial Times editor, said: “Peter Martin was a towering figure in the modern development of the Financial Times. He played a pivotal part in establishing and extending the paper's international presence, in Europe, Asia and the US. He oversaw the rapid expansion of as the leading international business website. As a writer and editor he made a unique contribution to the ideas and insights expressed in the FT in all its forms. His commentary on business was without equal in its originality and wisdom, his writing unparalleled in flair, incisiveness and humour. More than that, he was a colleague whose modesty and openness made him an inspiration.”

Peter died after a typically spirited struggle against cancer. He was 54. He is survived by his wife Sandy and two daughters.

A memorial to Peter will be published on and in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Peter Martin
Born: 13/06/48
Worcester College, Oxford. Peter won an open scholarship to Oxford and gained a 1st class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

1970-73: Independent Television News – became deputy news editor
1973-75: London Weekend TV - Researcher, Weekend World
1975-76: Granada TV – News Editor “Granada Reports”
1976-83: The Economist – Energy correspondent, International Business Editor, American Business Editor
1983-85: Business Times (TV) New York – Managing Editor/Exec Producer
1985-88: The Economist – Managing Editor, NAmerica, Economist Publications

The Financial Times
1988-90: Features Editor
1990-94: Financial Editor
(1993 – Stanford Executive Program, Stanford University, California)
1994-99: Editor, International Edition
1999-2001: Deputy Editor; Editor
2001-2002 : Chief Business Columnist


Joanna Manning-Cooper, Financial Times, Tel. 020 7873 4447


Katy Hemmings, Financial Times, Tel. 020 7873 3811