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Boris Johnson, the mystery man and the Bullingdon Club: Where are they now?

Oxford artist Rona produced this oil painting representation of the Bullingdon Club picture. Credit: Ronapainting.com
  • By ITV News Digital Content Producer Mark Dorman

It has become one of the most infamous images to sum up privilege and disconnect between society's haves and have nots.

Dressed in tailcoated finery, members of Oxford University's exclusive male-only dining club, the Bullingdon Club, pose for a picture that became so notorious the copyright owner withdrew permission for it to be republished.

ITV News asked Oxford artist Rona to use a picture of an oil painting she had produced to authentically recreate the Class of '87 image.

And at its heart are two of the country's foremost politicians of the past decade - David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Both old Etonians have now ascended to the highest political office in the land.

But what of the others circled in this famous photograph that became so notorious and how has one student remained unidentified?

(From left) Sebastian Grigg, David Cameron, Ralph Perry Robinson, Ewen Fergusson. Credit: Ronapainting.com

1. Sebastian Grigg

Investment banker Sebastian Grigg has spent more than 25 years in the industry as chief of UK investment banking at Credit Suisse and its vice chair of EMEA investments before setting up his own fund backed by Chinese money.

He is the eldest son of Baron Altrincham, Anthony Ulick David Dundas Grigg, and tried unsuccessfully to become a Tory MP in the 1997 election.

2. David Cameron

For a time, this image haunted David Cameron's political life - as did the stories of raucous behaviour associated with the Club.

Cameron left Oxford with a first in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and began work at the Conservative Research Department before becoming director of corporate affairs at Carlton TV.

He returned to politics and became MP for Witney in 2001, Conservative leader in 2005 and prime minister in 2010, in coalition with Nick Clegg's Lib Dems.

In 2015, he led the Tories to a resounding General Election win over Ed Miliband's Labour to assume power outright.

But his legacy will be shaped by his doomed gamble on "solving" the Europe question which had split the Conservatives. Within hours of losing the EU referendum on 23 June 2016 he had quit Number 10.

3. Ralph Perry-Robinson

One-time child actor, a former pupil of the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture, Ralph Perry-Robinson discussed some of the exploits members of the club got up to for a book of essays but apparently got into so much grief from his former diners he no longer talks about it.

He has his own designer/architecture business in Wiltshire.

4. Ewen Fergusson

Son of Sir Ewen Fergusson, a former British ambassador to South Africa and France, Ewen Fergusson spent 25 years at City law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, including 18 years as partner.

Educated at Rugby School and Oriel College, Oxford, Fergusson left the firm in February 2018 to go self-employed.

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From left, Matthew Benson, a mystery man, and Harry Eastwood Credit: ronapainting.com

5. Matthew Benson

After beginning working life at Morgan Stanley, Matthew Benson soon became involved in the property business, establishing his own consultancy and is now a director at Edinburgh firm Rettie.

His family made their money in merchant banking and he's most recently been working with the Scottish Government and regeneration agencies examining ways of delivering affordable housing.

6. Unidentified member

Despite dozens of stories written about the photograph, no one appears to have publically named or identified the Club member standing between Benson and Eastwood.

Unlike his nine peers his connection to his Bullingdon past remains protected.

7. Harry Eastwood

TV producer Harry Eastwood is Investment Director at Ingenious, responsible for overseeing a multi-million pound fund to back independent flim-making.

He first set out in the world of corporate finance and once tried to set up a firm to sell videos through vending machines but the venture failed before it got off the ground.

However, he's been more successful pursuing a career in making movies, credited as executive producer on a number of projects, including Bafta-nominated BBC One series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Sebastian James, Jonathan Ford and Boris Johnson. Credit: Ronapainting.com

8. Sebastian James

The son of hereditary peer Christopher, 5th Baron Northbourne, Sebastian James is the current boss of pharma giant Boots, having started out in management consultants Bain & Co.

Before Boots, he was chief executive of Dixons Carphone and is a close friend of David Cameron from their days together at Oxford.

He was on holiday with the Camerons when the then PM had to cut short his stay in Italy to deal with the 2011 London riots.

9. Jonathan Ford

Despite the presence of two future PMs in the group, Jonathan Ford was chosen as president of the Bullingdon Club when the famous picture was taken and, as has been widely reported, had a "mad genius about him".

He began his working life as a banker at Morgan Grenfell before moving into financial journalism.

He's now City editor/chief leader writer at the Financial Times.

10. Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson followed his Eton and Oxford friend David Cameron into politics - becoming London Mayor between stints as MP for Henley and later Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Tory party darling and entertainer-in-chief, a short-lived foreign secretary and now party leader.

It was his dramatic decision to go against Mr Cameron and back Brexit that many have pointed to as a pivotal moment in the referendum campaign, helping to swing the vote from Remain to Leave.

As famous for his gaffe-prone appearances (remember getting stuck on zip wire) as he is for his colourful language, Mr Johnson has promised as prime minister to deliver Brexit "do or die" by October 31.