The Decanter Power List 2013

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45 Stephen Browett (–)
Chairman, Farr Vintners, 53
Farr Vintner s is one of the triumvirate of major London wine merchants whose reach goes well beyond the UK – indeed, with turnover of £166.2m it is neck-and-neck with Berry Bros & Rudd (see p25) – but has always suffered from a bit of an inferiority complex. Browett himself once said of the company he joined in 1984: ‘Farr’s is the barrow boy while Berry’s is the bloke in the top hat’. In fact, Farr’s has been a force on the global wine scene for years: it had an early foothold in Hong Kong, and is a forceful presence in the burgeoning Far East market.