Tony Blair will close his advisory firm after making millions of pounds from an array of controversial clients ranging from oil companies to the authoritarian government of Kazakhstan.
But the jet-setting former UK prime minister intends to retain an unspecified number of private clients in a personal capacity, including JPMorgan, the US investment bank.
He will also continue to make speeches for corporate clients, for which he has charged up to ￡237,000 a time.
Since leaving office in 2007 Mr Blair swiftly built up a convoluted empire mixing lucrative advisory work with a handful of charities.
Tony Blair Associates has worked for a range of clients including Kuwait, Vietnam, Peru, Colombia and Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi investment fund — although the former Labour leader has never been forthcoming about his client roster.
托尼?布莱尔公司(Tony Blair Associates)为各种客户工作过，包括科威特、越南、秘鲁、哥伦比亚，以及阿布扎比投资基金Mubadala，尽管这位工党前领导人从不全面披露自己的客户名册。
TBA made profits of ￡2.6m on turnover of ￡19.4m (up from ￡14.2m) last year after a period of rapid growth, according to the accounts of one of his subsidiary companies.
In a statement released yesterday, Mr Blair announced the closure of both Tony Blair Associates and its underlying structures under the names “Firerush” and “Windrush”.
The “substantial financial reserves” of TBA — roughly ￡8.9m according to the accounts — would now be given to his not-for-profit activities, he said