Robert studied economics and law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
He joined Roberts & Hiscox, the Lloyd’s managing and members’ agent in which his father, Ralph Hiscox, was a partner, in 1965 as a trainee underwriter.
Robert took control of the business in 1970 following the death of his father and has been Chairman of the Group since it incorporated in 1973.
He was Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s between 1993 and 1995 and was heavily involved in its Reconstruction and Renewal programme to help bring Lloyd’s into profitability following the large losses incurred by the market in 1992 and prior years.
He is an avid collector of contemporary art both personally and for the company.
He is involved in charitable work, and chairs the Hiscox Foundation, the charity funded by Hiscox Ltd.