Bartle Bogle Hegarty co-founder Nigel Bogle (left) has picked up a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, meaning that two of the agency’s three founders (creative director John Hegarty became Sir John a few years ago) are now officially members of the Establishment.
Which caps a pretty good year for Bogle and Hegarty, who trousered around £20m each when Publicis Group bought the 51 per cent of BBH it didn’t own for about £150m last July.
The two knights of Kingly Street – BBH’s Soho, London base – will have mixed feelings about this: the PG buyout came when BBH had to call on its big brother to stump up the money to keep Brazil agency Neogama in the fold with the result that they’re now both inching towards retirement.
Third co-founder John Bartle left over ten years ago but he also made an important contribution to BBH; acting as the glue between hard-driving Bogle and Hegarty. Since then Bartle has done a number of great and good things as well as supporting many people in the ad business, to no apparent personal gain.
Still, two of out three knights ain’t bad.