List of Famous Chartered Accountants

This list of famous chartered accountants includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top chartered accountants in the world? This includes the most prominent chartered accountants, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might recognize these popular accountants because some are celebrities who majored in accounting or studied at one of the best accounting colleges. This list of notable chartered accountants is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these best chartered accountants were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned chartered accountants - many working for the top accounting bodies in the world.

What is a chartered accountant, you might ask? Chartered accountants were the first group of accountants to form a professional accounting body, which was initially established in Britain in 1854. As such, this chartered accountants list includes people like Andy Parker, Fred Goodwin, Naina Lal Kidwai, and many other best accountants crunching numbers today. Featuring chartered accountants from India and American chartered accountants, this list has them all! 

Going beyond just the top 10 chartered accountants, here you'll find over 50 reputable, prominent, and well known chartered accountants - all some of the best professionals in the chartered accounting field. Who are the most famous chartered accountants ever? Who are the best chartered accountants worldwide? Take a look below and find the chartered accountant who fits your needs!

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  • Vivek brings twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur, business manager, and RD leader in a number of network computing and systems companies. He has also been an active investor and advisor to startups in the areas of infrastructure software, networking, security, storage, and wireless. Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek co-founded Cobalt Networks in 1996. As CTO VP of Product Development, Vivek developed the first successful server appliance and grew Cobalt into a worldwide leader in the category, culminating in a successful IPO and acquisition by Sun Microsystems for $2B. At Sun, Vivek served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Cobalt Business Unit and a member of Sun's Technical Architecture Counsel. Prior to founding Cobalt, Vivek held a number of technical and management positions at Apple, SGI, and Digital Equipment Corporation and successfully developed numerous products including Internet enabled set-top boxes, PDAs, RISC workstations, and high performance graphics subsystems. Vivek received a BS in Electronics from Punjab University, India, and an MS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. He is the holder of one US patent. Vivek serves on the Board of Directors of Encentuate, NeoPath Networks, PulseCore, and Reconnex, and previously sat on the board of Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm-QCOM). Prior to joining August Capital, Vivek served on the board of Net6 (acquired by Citrix-CTXS), was an advisor to Perfigo (acquired by Cisco-CSCO), and an early investor in NetFish (acquired by Iona-IONA) and Octane Software (acquired by Epiphany-EPNY).
    • Profession: Chartered Accountant, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist
    • Employer: August Capital
  • Charles James Haughey (16 September 1925 – 13 June 2006) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Taoiseach on three different occasions, 1979 to 1981, March 1982 to December 1982 and 1987 to 1992. He was also Minister for the Gaeltacht from 1987 to 1992, Leader of the Opposition from 1981 to 1982 and 1982 to 1987, Leader of Fianna Fáil from 1979 to 1992, Minister for Social Welfare and Minister for Health from 1977 to 1979, Minister for Finance from 1966 to 1970, Minister for Agriculture from 1964 to 1966, Minister for Justice from 1961 to 1964 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Justice from 1959 to 1961. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1957 to 1992.Haughey was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD in 1957 and was re-elected in every election until 1992, representing the Dublin North-East, Dublin Artane and Dublin North-Central constituencies. Haughey is generally regarded as the most dominant Irish politician of his generation, as well as the most controversial. Upon entering government in the early 1960s, Haughey became the symbol of a new vanguard of Irish Ministers. As Taoiseach, he is credited by some economists as starting the positive transformation of the economy in the late 1980s. However, his career was also marked by several major scandals. Haughey was implicated in the Arms Crisis of 1970, which nearly destroyed his career. His political reputation revived, his tenure as Taoiseach was then damaged by the sensational GUBU Affair in 1982; his party leadership was challenged four times, each time unsuccessfully, earning Haughey the nickname "The Great Houdini". Revelations about his role in a phone tapping scandal forced him to resign as Taoiseach and retire from politics in 1992. After Haughey's retirement from politics, further revelations of corruption, embezzlement, tax evasion and a 27-year extra-marital affair tarnished his already divisive reputation. He died of prostate cancer in 2006, at the age of eighty.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1925-2006)
    • Birthplace: Castlebar, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Chartered Accountant, Politician, Barrister
  • Naina Lal Kidwai
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    Naina Lal Kidwai

    Naina Lal Kidwai (born 1957) is an Indian banker, Chartered Accountant and business executive. She was formerly a Group General Manager and the Country Head of HSBC India. She is also a former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: India
    • Employer: HSBC
  • Fred Goodwin
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    Frederick Anderson Goodwin, FRSE, FCIBS (born 17 August 1958) is a Scottish chartered accountant and former banker who was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) between 2001 and 2009. From 2000 to 2008, he presided over RBS's rapid rise to global prominence as the world's largest company by assets (£1.9 trillion), and fifth-largest bank by stock market value and its even more rapid fall as RBS was forced into effective nationalisation in 2008. On 11 October 2008, Goodwin officially announced his resignation as chief executive and an early retirement, effective from 31 January 2009 – a month before RBS announced that its 2008 loss totalled £24.1 billion, the largest annual loss in UK corporate history.From January 2010, he was employed as a senior adviser to RMJM, an international architecture firm. He left the position after less than a year.Goodwin was knighted in 2004 for his services to banking, but in a highly unusual move the honour was annulled by the Queen on 1 February 2012. The Cabinet Office explained "The scale and severity of the impact of his actions as CEO of RBS made this an exceptional case."
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Chartered Accountant, Businessperson
    • Employer: Royal Bank of Scotland Group, National Westminster Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Saifur Rahman
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    Saifur Rehman (Saudi ArabiaArabic: سيف الرحمن‎) is a male Muslim given name, meaning sword of the Most Gracious. This may refer to: Akhundzada Saif-ur-Rahman Mubarak (1925–2010), Sufi sheikh of the Naqshbandi Mujaddadi Tariqa Saifur Rahman (Bangladeshi politician) (1932–2009), Bangladeshi economist and politician Saifur Rehman (Pakistani politician), Pakistani politician Saif-ur-Rehman (prisoner) (born 1982), Pakistani detained in Chile on suspicion of terrorism Saif-ur-Rehman Mansoor (died c. 2007), Afghan Taliban commander Saifur Rahman Halimi, Afghan-American Saif-ur-Rehman (cricketer, born 1996) (born 1996), Pakistani cricketer Saif-ur-Rehman (cricketer, born 1998) (born 1998), Pakistani cricketer
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1932-2009)
    • Birthplace: Moulvibazar Sadar Upazila, Bangladesh
    • Profession: Chartered Accountant, Politician
  • Edgar Benson
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    Edgar John "Ben" Benson , (May 28, 1923 – September 2, 2011) was a Canadian politician, businessman, diplomat, and university professor. He held four Cabinet posts, most notably that of Minister of Finance under Pierre Trudeau, where he was instrumental in reforming Canada's income tax law. He was described as "Pierre Trudeau's unflappable finance minister, the pipe-smoking financial wizard who raised the ire of corporate Canada in the 1970s by bringing in a capital gains tax."
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)
    • Birthplace: Cobourg, Canada
    • Profession: Chartered Accountant, Diplomat
    • Employer: Queen's University