‘I couldn’t give up the City – it’s addictive.’
The financial world is dominated by men, but Penelope Jacobs thrived in its testosterone-charged culture — though not all her female colleagues managed to follow in her footsteps.
‘I was 23 and fresh out of university at the London School of Economics, looking for a job. It was the late 1990s and working in finance seemed like a fashionable career choice. I followed my friends, who were all going into the City, so I applied for lots of jobs and took the first that came along: a graduate scheme at a private bank Kleinwort Benson…’
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