Richard Harvey grew up in Italy, where the seeds of his subsequent love of food and wine were sown. After a false start studying architecture, he joined Prue Leith's catering business in 1972 where his interest in wine developed to such an extent that in 1975 he was appointed to run the Grant's of St James's School of Wine. In 1982 he qualified as a Master of Wine and set up his own business in Dorset.
Richard continued to work with Leith's, running the wine courses at Leith's School of Food and Wine during the 1980s and 1990s, and wrote the Leith's Guide to Wine, published by Bloomsbury in 1995. He was responsible for the opening of La Maison du Vin in France in 1994 and was a director for three years.
Richard joined Bonhams as a consultant in 1997 and is now Global Head of Wine. Bonhams holds highly successful sales on both sides of the Atlantic; five to six a year in London, six to eight in San Francisco and Los Angeles and two in Hong Kong.