Michael Nelson


Michael Nelson was General Manager of Reuters. He was one of the principal architects of the massive development of Reuters in the last century.

Nelson was born near London on 30 April 1929. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, London, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History.

In 1952 Nelson joined Reuters as a trainee journalist. He spent three years as a manager and correspondent in Asia. He was then based in London in management and travelled widely throughout the world. From 1962 to 1974 he was Manager of Reuters Economic Services.

Nelson was appointed to the Reuter Board in 1976 and became Deputy Managing Director in 1981. He was appointed Chairman of the Reuter Foundation in 1982, Chairman of Visnews, now Reuters TV, in 1985 and Chairman of Reuters Asia, Reuters Europe and Reuters Overseas in 1987. Nelson retired from Reuters in 1989.

Since retiring, Nelson has written these books: War of the Black Heavens: The Battles of Western Broadcasting in the Cold War; Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera; Americans and the Making of the Riviera; Castro and Stockmaster: A Life in Reuters. His latest book, The French Riviera: A History, was published in Jan 2017 by Matador.

He is married to the former Helga den Ouden and has two sons and one daughter.