Interview: Stephen Hubbard shares the secrets of 40 years of success

“It’s not a rehearsal, don’t f*ck it up.” That was the mantra drilled in to Stephen Hubbard by his long-term client Gerald Ronson. And as CBRE’s UK chairman prepares to retire from the firm after more than 40 years of service, it’s clear the advice stuck.

Over the course of his career, Hubbard became one of the biggest dealmakers in London. He was Ronson’s man, advising the property legend on all of his central London investments from the early 1990s, including the iconic Heron in the City. He acted for the Crown Estate on the