Sir Michael is a businessman, philanthropist and former Australian army officer who has over 30 years’ experience in global financial markets both as a markets practitioner and in the formulation of governance in financial markets. He is the Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, one of Europe’s leading multi-strategy asset management firms. Prior to establishing CQS in 1999, Sir Michael held senior positions at leading global financial institutions including CSFB (1996-1999) and Goldman Sachs (1984 -1996). He began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1982. Sir Michael has been a member of a number of finance industry committees including the Markets Development Committee of the London Stock Exchange, as well as having participated on committees at LIBA and ISMA. More recently, he is a Founder Trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board and in 2014 was appointed by the Australian government to the International Advisory Panel of Australia’s Financial System Inquiry.
Since its inception in 2005, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation has provided funding to over 200 charities. Major donations have, amongst others, provided funding to The Natural History Museum in the UK, the Sculpture and Medieval and Renaissance galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Trinity Hospice in south London, established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney and enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican. He is also a Trustee of the UK’s National Gallery.
Sir Michael holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a Doctor of Business and an Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales.