Vincent Cable with his wife Rachel Smith

Married to Rachel since 2004. His late wife, Olympia, died in 2001 and their three children are Paul (married to Agnesa Tothova); Aida (married to Stephen Kenny) and Hugo. Vince has two grandchildren: Ayrton, son of Paul and Agnesa, and Charlie, son of Aida and Stephen.

Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and
Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.

From 1966 to 1968 he was Treasury Finance
Officer for the Kenya Government. After
lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service (1974-76). He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith, as a special advisor. From 1983 to 1990, Vince worked as special advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.

In 1990 he joined Shell International taking up the post of Chief Economist in 1995. He has also been head of the economics programme at Chatham House and is a former fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the LSE.

Vince served as a Labour councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat party. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

Universities and Further Education

Vince is currently a professor in Practice at the LSE (London School of Economics, attached to the Institute of Global Affairs). 

He is also a visiting Professor at Nottingham University, Economics Department. He has worked on a collaborative project with Future Learn to develop a MOOC (On-line course).

As well as a visiting professor at St Mary University in Twickenham he has worked on the course development within its business school.


Vince is a frequent speaker at business conferences with several (pro-bono) Directorships.

He is also Chair of HCT Group, the bus company and one of the UK’s leading social enterprises and also chair (designate) of the Hampshire Community Bank (currently seeking regulatory clearance).

Additionally he is Director of RemindMeCare, a start-up developing soft-ware for dementia care.


Vince Cable with professional dancer, Erin Boag, on Strictly Come Dancing

Vince has been an enthusiastic seasoned dancer for 25 years, mainly at Kelly’s School of Dancing. He is currently tutored by Nick Kelly and his dancing partner is Cheyenne Russell.

He was also a guest dancer on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas show in 2010.


Vince is patron of a variety of local and national charities including Shooting Star Chase, a children’s hospice which has Simon Cowell as its Vice-President. The Mulberry Centre, a charity offering practical and emotional support for anyone affected by cancer.
VInce also is a part of The Twickenham and Thames Valley Bee-keepers’ Association whose aim is to educate the general public in
bee-keeping. Vince is also the patron of Homelink, a nurse-led day respite care centre for adults staffed by qualified nurses and trained volunteers.

Local Charities

Local charities supported by Vince include CrossRoads Care, a Richmond charity helping carers across the age range; SPEAR London, a charity to help local homeless; Together as One (mental health in Twickenham); Otakar Kraus Trust, music therapy for individuals with learning difficulties and mental illness; Feltham Visitors and Hampton and Richmond Football Club, recently promoted to the 6th tier of English Football.

Charities supporting development in emerging countries

Vince actively supports Jeevika Trust (village development in India, based on Schumacher principles); Ndoro Charity (schools in Zimbabwe) and Help a Poor Child (a Goan charity building schools in Africa and India).

Liberal Democrats

“Sir Vince” by Simon Broom. Among the several portraits of Vince is this recent one by Twickenham based artist Simon Broom.