Sir Michael Hintze, AM


Sir Michael Hintze, AM

Chief Executive,
CQS, United Kingdom

Sir Michael is the Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, one of Europe’s leading multi-strategy asset management firms. He is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.

Prior to establishing CQS in 1999, Michael held a number of senior roles at CSFB and Goldman Sachs. He began his career in finance in 1982 with Salomon Brothers, New York, after working as an Electrical Design Engineer for Civil and Civic Pty Ltd in Australia, where he had also served in the Australian Regular Army in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, latterly as a Captain.

Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2005. Since inception, over 200 charities have received funding from the Foundation. Major donations have, amongst others, provided funding to Trinity Hospice in south London, the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Charity, established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney and enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican. The beneficial impact of the Foundation on cultural organisations in the UK include the Natural History Museum, the University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, sponsorship of the Sculpture and Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the provision of vital funding to the Old Vic Theatre in London, where Michael is co-Chairman of the Old Vic Endowment Trust. Michael is a Trustee of the National Gallery, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the University of Sydney UK Trust. Michael was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory in 2005, subsequently Knight Grand Cross, and in January 2008 he was honoured as “Australian of the Year” in the UK. In November 2009, Michael and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy. In January 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community through philanthropic contributions supporting the arts, health and education. In June 2013, Michael was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his philanthropic services to the arts.

Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a Doctor of Business and an Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales.

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