Simon Hopkins is a successful entrepreneur who has been a senior figure in the international investment management industry for more than two 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. He is passionate about emerging markets arena, having launched numerous closed end fund structures, and more recently a number of UCITS funds.
Mr. Hopkins started his career at S.G. Warburg, and UBS, subsequently holding senior roles at HSBC James Capel and Nomura International, in 1996 he created one of the industry's first dedicated research and investment consulting businesses in 1996 to provide truly objective analysis for investors. At its peak Global Fund Analysis (GFA) had over 27,000 registered users around the globe. Concurrently, he played a pioneering role in seeding many of the incipient European hedge funds through the Fortune Group, an award-winning alternatives investment advisory, and fund of hedge funds business.
In 2011, Mr. Hopkins founded Milltrust International, an award-winning investment platform focusing on investment management in Emerging Markets, and specialist real asset solutions, driven by the changing demographics of the developing world. In addition to the group companies, he serves as an investment advisor to the British Innovation Fund, a U.K. University Venture Fund. He also serves as director of East India Investments Pte Ltd, SwallowcourtLimited, a healthcare business, Xoomtrip, a GCC-based online travel agent, Novare Fund Manager, an African asset management firm, Asian Film Fund, CITIC Securities One Belt One Road (CSOBOR), and Roslin Technologies (University of Edinburgh). He sits on the International Council of the National University of Singapore Hospital Systems.
He graduated with honours from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Law in1986 and speaks fluent French. He travels extensively but resides permanently with his family in Singapore.