MATTHEW Symonds is a journalist and a co-founder of the Independent newspaper.
He built up a strong reputation in Fleet Street, working for the Mirror Group, the Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph.
Carrie Symonds, Boris Johnson and their son Wilfred on holiday in Scotland in 2020Credit: Refer to Caption
Who is Carrie Symonds’ dad Matthew Symonds?
The Prime Minister and Carrie got married on May 29, 2021 at Westminster Cathedral.
He is the son of ex Labour MEP and former Guardian and Daily Herald editor John Beavan, Baron Ardwick.
Mr Symonds worked for the Mirror group, the Financial Times, and The Daily Telegraph before going on to co-found The Independent with ex-Telegraph colleagues Andreas Whittam Smith and Stephen Glover in 1986.
After leaving the paper in 1996 he went on to work for the BBC World Service, and then the Economist where he won the Wincott Prize for financial journalism in 1998.
Matthew Symonds’ daughter Carrie married Boris Johnson at Westminster CathedralCredit: PA
When did he found the Independent?
Symonds founded the Independent in 1986 along with Andreas Whittam Smith and Stephen Glover with the paper’s first edition in October that year.
All three men had previously worked at The Daily Telegraph.
Symonds worked as the economics leader writer with Smith holding the post of City editor but both had become disillusioned with the direction of the paper.
The idea to launch an new daily newspaper was born during a lunch between Symonds and Smith at the Garrick Club on April 1, 1985.
Is he married and how many children does he have?
Not much is known about his private life and he keeps his family out of the spotlight.
He is married with three children and lives in south-west London.