James Man

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James Man (1755–1823) was the founder of Man Group, the United Kingdom's largest alternative investment management business.


Born in Whitechapel and apprenticed to a William Humphrey as a barrel maker, James Man decided to establish his own business as a sugar-broker in 1783.[1] In 1784 he secured a contract to supply the Royal Navy with rum.[1] This business grew into Man Group, one of the largest investment management businesses in the world.[1]

He retired in 1819 and moved to Dartmouth, Devon, where he died in 1823.[1]


James Man married Sarah Roberts in 1781.[1]