In advance of the Milken Institute Global Conference, CQS Founder, chief executive and senior investment officer Sir Michael Hintze shared his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy and community engagement for the sixth edition of the Milken Institute’s The Power of Ideas publication.
In Sir Michael’s essay, he notes that his commitment to philanthropy was instilled at an early age and has shaped his view of what it means to build a meaningful life:
It has been said that ‘those to whom much has been given, much is expected.’ Believing this to be true, I have dedicated time and resources throughout my life to causes that reflect a set of personal values: protection for the most fragile in society; fostering aspiration; and respect for institutions. Many charities reflect these principles and inspire me and I have chosen to support a broad array of groups and people, all of whom I find inspirational.
I believe society and individuals have an obligation to provide a safety net for those unable to take care of themselves. We need to provide a framework to enable people to meet their potential to contribute to society and to foster a sense of self-worth. Just as importantly, we need to honor and respect the institutions that form our social fabric, including the judiciary, police, military and religion. I have aspired to reflect these values in both my philanthropy and my business. For me, being a conduit to help unlock potential is vital. It is exciting and deeply rewarding to help others succeed.