Milltrust International Group
Simon Hopkins is CEO of Milltrust International Group, Chairman of Milltrust Agricultural Investments, and Chairman of British Innovation Fund. He has been a senior figure in the international investment management industry for more than three decades. He was an early advocate of hedge fund investing for institutional investors, and has been a prolific capital raiser for single manager funds, funds of funds and listed closed-end funds.
After a successful investment banking career spanning more than a decade at S.G. Warburg, UBS, HSBC James Capel and Nomura, in 1996 Mr Hopkins created one of the industry’s first dedicated research and investment consulting businesses, Global Fund Analysis, to provide truly objective analysis for investors. At its peak, GFA had over 27,000 registered users around the globe.
Concurrently, Mr Hopkins played a pioneering role in seeding many successful hedge funds through the Fortune Group, an award-winning alternatives investment banking and advisory business, raising over 10 billion USD. Fortune merged with Global Fund Analysis in 2000 and the group went on to become one of the UK’s pre-eminent hedge fund advisory firms with clients in 24 countries and a focus on pension funds, charities and endowments, as well as a number of the world’s leading families. The firm was successfully sold to UK-listed, financial services group, Close Brothers Group PLC, in 2006, culminating in its full integration in January 2010.
Mr Hopkins is a regular commentator on fund industry topics in the financial media and has addressed numerous conferences on both agriculture and alternative investments, as well as the OECD and the London School of Economics. He was profiled in a significant interview with the Financial Times in December 2008.
In addition to the group companies, Mr Hopkins serves as an investment advisor to the British Innovation Fund, a U.K. University Venture Fund. He also serves as director of Swallowcourt, a healthcare business, Xoomtrip, a GCC-based online travel agent, and Roslin Technologies (University of Edinburgh). He serves as a member of NUS Medicine International Council (NIC) and chairs Singapore-based wealth manager, East India Capital Management. He was until recently a director of CITIC Securities’ One Belt One Road Fund (CSOBOR) and of Novare Fund Manager, an Africa- focused fund manager. Mr Hopkins graduated from the University of Bristol Faculty of Law (LLB Hons) in 1986 and now resides with his family in Singapore.