Bill Emmott became editor of The Economist in 1993, and on March 31st this year retired from the post.
Bill Emmott was a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and will be replaced by John Micklethwait, who also went to Magdalen College, and before that Ampleforth. The Economist‘s editor between 1974 and 1986 was Andrew Knight, who also went to Ampleforth and Oxford, only he was at Balliol College.
The only editor to break this pattern was Rupert Pennant-Rea (1986-1993), who went to Manchester University. Perhaps they were trying to raise standards?