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Sharon White


Sharon White is a British businesswoman and civil servant. Previously, Sharon White served as Chief Executive of the British media regulator Ofcom from March 2015 to November 2019 and was Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury from 2013 to 2015.

Early Life

Sharon White was born on the 21 April 1967, the London, England, the United Kingdom. Her full name is Sharon Michele White and holds British nationality.

According to the astrology, she has a birth sign of Taurus and she is currently 56 years old as of 2023. She belongs to the Jamaican-British ethnicity and practices the Christian religion.

Her parents immigrated to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1950s, when her father was 15 and her mother was 11. However, the names of her parents and their professions are unknown. It seems she is the single child of her parents and she has not shared much about her siblings.

In terms of her academics, she attended Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, from where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She later earned a master’s degree in economics from the University College of London in the United Kingdom.

Professional Career

Initially, Sharon White worked for a church in Birmingham before joining the British civil service in 1989. She began her career at Her Majesty’s Exchequer, 1 Horse Guards Road, Westminster, London, before moving on to the British Embassy in Washington.

During the Blair administration, she also worked in the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street in Westminster. Sharon White was the Director-General of the World Bank’s Department for International Development from 2003 until 2009.

During the intervention between 2007 and 2008, she oversaw a review of the government’s financial management and the Treasury’s management response to the international financial crisis. Sharon White then became the Treasury’s Director-General for Public Spending from 2012 to 2013.

Caption: Sharon White is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by The Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle (Source: The Telegraph)

She was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of The Office of Communications in December 2014. In June 2019, it was revealed that she would be stepping down from her position as the sixth Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership at “The Office of Communications.”

Sharon took over for Mayfield during the John Lewis Partnership Council meeting on February 4, 2020. It was announced that she will be paid an annual salary of £990,000 for her work at the John Lewis Partnership, a huge rise from her prior income of £341,700, according to Ofcom statistics. Meanwhile, she announced that she would be stepping down from her role at John Lewis Partnership in October 2023.


She was ranked the seventh most powerful black person in Britain by The Voice in November 2014.

Moreover, she has been recognized by Powerlist for her influence as one of the most powerful Black British people in the UK on several occasions, topping the 2023 list and regularly ranking in the top 10 since 2016, including second place in 2019 and last listed in the 2020 and 2021 editions.

In the 2020 New Year Honours, she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for public service.

Net Worth 2023

According to online websites, Sharon’s net worth is estimated at around $2 million while she makes around £341,700 per annum as HM, a Government Civil Servant.

Relationship Status

In 1997, Sharon White married Robert Chote. Meanwhile, Robert is an economist at the British Embassy, in Washington DC. They first met when they were both in the British Embassy in Washington DC. With the marriage, the couple has two kids, whose names are still in the dark sides.

Caption: Sharon White and her husband Robert Chote (Source: GH Gossip)

The British businesswoman has maintained a clean image and has never been involved in any major controversy or rumours.

Body Measurements

Caption: Sharon White talking in an interview (Source: New Statesman)

Sharon has got a pair of dark brown eyes with black hair colour. Meanwhile, she has an average height and average weight but the exact information regarding her body measurement is missing.

Sharon White – Social Media

Presently, she is not present on any kind of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.