Yan Huo is the 2005 founder of the hedge fund firm Capula Investment Management, based in London. He bet big on the position of European Union debt and earned a windfall return of £27 million English Pounds. He has grown his company’s annual income for the year 2011, along with 18 of his top executives, to £92.6 million from the previous year’s £57.7 million. Sanjay Shah can relate. He is another London hedge fund founder and manager who had a return of over £19 million during that same one year period.
Sanjay Shah started his Solo Capital Markets hedge fund in 2009. After being downsized in the stock markets meltdown of 2009, where he had worked for big brokerages, such as Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley, Shah made the bold move to launch his own brokerage and business services company. It was a gamble that some thought a bit foolhardy. He proved his critics wrong by quickly growing Solo Capital into a top world class company. His fortunes have grown along with the number of companies he has bought and founded, along with the number of countries where his operations are now spread out.
He came to the finance and business advisory industry after at first deciding on a career in medicine. It was while pursing his MD that Sanjay Shah discovered his stronger interests in accounting and more specifically, in finance. He has become a wealthy philanthropist who claims to be retired, and yet who remains quite active in many pursuits, including his own charity, Autism Rocks. He started this charity after Snoop Dogg recommended taking matters of Shah’s autism into his own hands. Autism Rocks hosts many private concerts, featuring big names in entertainment, starting with Snoop Dogg, to fund basic research into the causes and treatments of autism. He has raised more than $15 million USD to fund a Cambridge University autism research program.