CNBC Meets

CNBC Meets: Cherie Blair, part one

CNBC Meets: Cherie Blair, Part One
In the third episode of the CNBC Meets series, Tania Bryer talks to Cherie Blair, the former first lady of 10 Downing Street.

In the third episode of the CNBC Meets series, Tania Bryer talks to Cherie Blair, the former first lady of 10 Downing Street.

She tells Tania about her working class upbringing in Liverpool and the huge impact of being brought up by her mother and grandmother after her father left the family.

She discusses her constant drive from a young age to succeed, and how she became the first person in her family to attend university.

Web Extras

Cherie Blair on Improving Women's Lives by 300 Percent
Cherie Blair¿s drive for female empowerment has seen her work with India¿s SEWA ¿ Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) ¿ to help women to market, sell and manage better, and she tells the touching story of a woman in Gujarat.
Cherie Blair on Sexism in the Robing Room
Cherie Blair, who became a barrister in 1976 and Queen's Counsel in 1995, remembers going into a robing room in her early days and the room falling silent as some men were not used to working with women.
Cherie Blair on the Importance of Technology
Cherie Blair explains how ever since her first Olivetti PC she has been hooked to technology. The Internet, e-mails and online resources were particularly helpful for Blair when she was in 10 Downing Street, allowing her to manage her role as First Lady as well as continue to practice law.
Cherie Blair: The Press Hounded my Children
Cherie Blair has told CNBC Meets about the British press' intense interest in her children during her time at 10 Downing Street and how her husband, Tony Blair, revealed how protective he was of his family at the Leveson Inquiry.
Tony Blair: Cherie Has Phenomenal Energy
Tony Blair says that once his wife, Cherie, gets up in the morning, "She is full on, 100 percent without any breaks during the whole day. She has phenomenal energy as well as intellect." After 33 years together, Blair said the secret to their success was to "respect and get on with each other."
Tony Blair: Cherie and I Still Want to Make a Difference
Tony Blair says he and his wife came out of Downing Street ¿young enough and with enough energy to want to keep on making a difference and changing things.¿ While Blair says he would like to one day wind things down, he admits that Cherie would not enjoy just sitting around.
Bob Geldof: Journalists Lie Consistently
In typically descriptive language, Bob Geldof says that the press lies consistently because they see themselves as holding powerful individuals to account. Geldof says that while Cherie Blair and her husband could be scrutinized, due to their high profile, it did not mean their children could be hounded by the press too.
Bob Geldof: The Story of Live 8
Bob Geldof discusses how his anger at the on-going famine in Ethiopia in the early 2000s made him pressure Tony Blair to use 2005's G8 meeting to ensure Africa was not forgotten and that it became part of the global economic wheel.
Bob Geldof: Africa is the World's Safe Haven
Bob Geldof explains how in an uncertain world, Africa is the only place that is safe for investors with many of the world's fastest growing economies.



  • Showtimes


    Wednesday 16th October 23:00 CET

    Saturday 19th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 20th October 22:30 CET

    Friday 25th October 23:30 CET

    Saturday 26th October 22:30 CET

    Sunday 27th October 22:30 CET

  • Tania Bryer is a guest presenter and executive producer of CNBC Meets. In this series, she profiles some of the world’s most successful business people to find out what makes them tick. Bryer previously worked for BBC and Sky Television.