Alan Howard, co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, saw his personal fortune climb to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) during the past year, keeping him at the top of the annual Sunday Times list of the wealthiest U.K. hedge fund managers.
London’s financiers paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died yesterday, as the woman who helped guide the city’s transformation from a provincial trading hub to the world’s top financial center.
Lansdowne Partners Ltd. and Odey European Inc., two of the U.K.’s biggest hedge funds, started 2011 bullish on stocks. The shared view has led both firms to have one of their toughest years managing money.
As 1,100 managing directors from Barclays Capital descended on the Grosvenor House hotel near London’s Hyde Park in late September, they had more to celebrate than having successfully swallowed the North American unit of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. two years earlier. Their guy, Bob Diamond , the Massachusetts-born founder of Barclays Capital, had just been handed the top job at parent Barclays Plc in a sign of how he had transformed the 320-year-old British institution in his 14 years as investment bank chief, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.