Financial Review published an in-depth article looking at Sir Michael Hintze’s background, and detailing how he became one of Australia’s most successful investors and philanthropists.
The article charts Hintze’s rise from an ambitious young scholar - studying pure mathematics and engineering at the University of Sydney, and the science of acoustics at the University of New South Wales – to the head of CQS, which currently has $12 billion of assets under management and employs 254 staff around the world.
An excerpt from the Financial Review article can be found below, and the full piece can be read here (subscription required):
Australian Michael Hintze…was knighted in this year’s Queen’s honours list. The highest recognition from Her Majesty adds to an impressive collection of accolades gathered from a lifetime of philanthropy, patronage – and stellar trading…
CQS was founded by Hintze after he left Credit Suisse First Boston in 1999…True to its name, CQS initially focused on convertible bonds but over the next decade added new strategies and expertise in credit and equities. Its proclaimed edge is in finding value along the corporate capital structure, be it equities or debt.
The Queen’s honour came Hintze’s way for philanthropic services to the arts, including helping Hollywood pal Kevin Spacey save the famed Old Vic Theatre in London, keeping the lights on at the Wandsworth Museum and large donations to the National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. The Vatican – which made Hintze a Knight Grand Cross in 2008 – is thankful for his aid in restoring Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel.