Jonathan Ruffer left Cambridge in 1972 to become a stockbroker. He trained as a barrister, and worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Schroders. In 1980 he returned to investment, first with Dunbar; on its takeover by Allied Hambro, together with Micky Ingall, they set up a new business which became Rathbones, following a merger with the Liverpool company of that name. In 1994 he left to set up Ruffer Investment Management Limited, which took partnership status as Ruffer LLP in 2004.
In his spare time, he is Churchwarden of St Peter’s Church, Ugley, and is a speaker both on the rubber-chicken circuit, and on Christian topics. He collects Old Master pictures (nineteenth century saints, and eighteenth century landscapes, on the basis that it’s easy to tell them apart).
He has written two books, The Big Shots (1977), about rich people behaving badly in the Victoria countryside, and Babel, the Breaking of the Banks (2009), a chronicle of rich people behaving badly before and during the credit crunch.
In 2017 he received an Hon D Litt. The Auckland Project and the Modern Language Department have a joint venture in the Zurbaran Centre, which has an acuerdo with a number of Spanish Institutions - the Real Academia and the Prado included.
He is married with a wife and one daughter. Outside work, sometimes he sits and thinks; sometimes he just sits.