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 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 Mr. Hopkins 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, Mr. Hopkins 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. Fortune Group went on to become one of the UK’s pre-eminent multi-asset advisory firms managing over 7bn USD, 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.
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.
Milltrust advises the Irish-regulated Collective Asset Vehicle (ICAV), Milltrust International Managed Investments offering a range of world-class investment solutions including diversified farmland investments in Latin America and Australasia, hospitality in Asia and other specialist real estate investments. Milltrust Agricultural Investments is also an advisor to the British Innovation Fund, partnering with the leading Universities and Centres of Innovation in the UK and around the world.
Milltrust also delivers the industry’s first dedicated Emerging Markets Managed Accounts Platform which provides international investors with access to the local equity markets in the form of regulated Irish UCITS funds, through a selection of some of the world's best regional asset managers. It has structured investments with Value Partners (Greater China) and Keywise (Greater China), UTI International (India), Lion Global Investors (ASEAN), BTG Pactual (Brazil), ItaúUnibanco (Latin America), and Sedco (MENA).
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 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 serves as a member of NUS Medicine International Council (NIC).
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.