Michael Hintze

Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS

Sir Michael Hintze, AM is the founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, a global multi-strategy asset management firm. Michael is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.

Prior to establishing CQS, Michael held senior roles at a number of leading global financial institutions including Managing Director and European Head of Convertible Bonds at CSFB and Head of UK Trading at Goldman Sachs, where he established and built up Goldman’s Euro Convertible and European Warrants business in London. He started his career in finance at Salomon Brothers.

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Background and Education

Michael was raised in Sydney, Australia and 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 honoris causa from the University of New South Wales.

Prior to beginning his career in finance, Michael served for three years in the Australian Regular Army as a Captain in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Michael moved to London in the 1980s and was honoured as "Australian of the Year" in the UK in 2008.  He has maintained strong personal and business ties to Australia and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2013 in recognition of his “significant service to the community through philanthropic contributions to organizations supporting the arts, health and education.”  

In 2014, Michael was appointed to serve on an International Advisory Panel to support the Australian government’s Financial Systems Inquiry (FSI). He was also selected to serve on the Fair and Effective Markets Review, a joint review by the Bank of England, the Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) into the way wholesale financial markets operate. Also in 2014, Michael was appointed by Pope Francis to serve on the board of the Vatican Bank, officially known as the Istituto per le Opere di Religione.

Hintze Family Charitable Foundation

Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established. Since inception in 2005, over 200 charities have received funding from the Foundation. Michael's commitment to his charitable efforts has led him to be considered one of the most "notable philanthropists" in the hedge fund industry.

Major donations have, amongst others, provided funding to Trinity Hospice in south London, supported The Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence, established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney, provided funding to construct a residential wing at St. John's College at the University of Sydney, financed the construction of a new lecture theatre at the University of New South Wales, enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican, supported an ambitious redevelopment programme at the Natural History Museum, sponsored two major galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, provided vital funding to the Old Vic Theatre in London, and supported Tate Britain's acquisition of an important British impressionist work. Gifts have also been made to Harvard University and Princeton University, where a Professorship for the Arts has been established.

Michael is a Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the University of Sydney and the National Portrait Gallery. Michael has been named the first Vice Patron of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity in recognition of his long-term commitment to the organisation, including providing funding to support serving personnel and their families. He also serves on the International Council of the V&A and is a Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museums. He was invited to the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors at the University of Oxford in recognition of his support for the university. He also sits on the Audit Committee of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Michael previously served on the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees, having been appointed by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and later reappointed by Prime Minister David Cameron. He also previously served as the Chairman of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.

He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory in 2005, and subsequently Knight Grand Cross, in January 2008. In November 2009, Michael Hintze and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy.  In June 2013, Michael received a Knighthood in recognition of his substantial charitable contributions to the arts in the United Kingdom. He was named to the 2017 Debrett's 500 List, which highlights the most influential philanthropists in Britain.