Paul Marshall (investor)

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Sir Paul Marshall
Paul Roderick Clucas Marshall

(1959-08-02) 2 August 1959 (age 60)
Ealing, London, England[1]
EducationSt John's College, Oxford
OccupationInvestor, philanthropist
Known forCo-founder of Marshall Wace Asset Management
Net worthIncrease GB£590 million (Sunday Times Rich List, 2019)
Spouse(s)Sabina Marshall
Children2, including Winston Marshall

Sir Paul Roderick Clucas Marshall (born 2 August 1959) is a British investor and philanthropist.

According to The Sunday Times Rich List in 2019, Marshall is worth £590 million.[2]

Early life[edit]

Paul Roderick Clucas Marshall was born on 2 August 1959 in Ealing, London, England, the son of Mary Sylvia Clucas (Hanlin) and Alan Marshall.[citation needed]

When his parents moved to the Philippines and then South Africa for his father’s job with Unilever, Marshall went to a boarding school in England.[3]

He was educated at St John's College, Oxford (History and Modern Languages), and holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School.[4]


He is the co-founder and Chairman of Marshall Wace LLP, one of Europe's largest hedge fund groups.[5] Marshall Wace[6] was founded in 1997 by Marshall and Ian Wace.[7] At the time, Marshall Wace was one of the first hedge funds in London.[3] The company started with $50 million, half of which was from George Soros.[3]

Funds managed by Marshall Wace have won multiple investment awards[8] and the company has become one of the world's leading managers of equity long/short strategies. Marshall Wace manages $39 billion and has recently opened an office in China.[9]

He is a member of the Hedge Fund Standards Board.

Political affiliations[edit]

Marshall had a longstanding involvement with Britain's Liberal Democrats Party.[10] He was research assistant to Charles Kennedy, MP, former leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1985 and stood for Parliament for the SDP/Liberal Alliance in Fulham in 1987. He has made appearances on current affairs programmes such as BBC Radio 4's Any Questions.[11][12]

In 2004 Marshall co-edited 'The Orange Book' with David Laws, MP. Chapters were written by various upcoming Liberal Democrat politicians including Nick Clegg, Chris Huhne, Vince Cable MP, Ed Davey MP and Susan Kramer (Neither Clegg, Huhne nor Kramer were MPs at the time.) Laws, describing the pairs' ambition in publishing The Orange Book, wrote "We were proud of the liberal philosophical heritage of our party. But we both felt that this philosophical grounding was in danger of being neglected in favour of no more than ‘a philosophy of good intentions, bobbing about unanchored in the muddled middle of British politics’"[13] The book received initial controversy when launched[14][15] but both it and the term 'Orange Bookers' to describe those sympathetic to its outlook continue to be frequently referenced to describe a strand of thought within the Liberal Democrats.[16][17]

Between 2002 and 2015, Marshall donated £200,000 to the Liberal Democrats.[3] Marshall left the Liberal Democrats in 2015 over their policies on the EU and their support of continuing British membership.[3]

In July 2016, Marshall donated £3,250 to Michael Gove's Conservative leadership campaign.[18]

2016 EU referendum campaign[edit]

Marshall was a public supporter of Brexit during the European Union membership referendum in 2016.[19] He gave a donation of £100,000 to the Leave campaign.[3]

Writing for Brexit Central in April 2017 on the UK exiting the European Union, Marshall wrote: "This is a huge opportunity for the UK. Our ambition is that the UK should be a champion of free trade, open and outward looking to the world and built on strong institutions."[20]

In an interview with the Financial Times in 2017, Marshall said: "Most people in Britain do not want to become part of a very large country called Europe. They want to be part of a country called Britain."


Marshall was the founder, and chairs the Board of Trustees of the independent research institute the Education Policy Institute. For over a decade he was also Chairman of the EPI's previous form, think tank CentreForum.[21]

He is a founder trustee of ARK and chairman of ARK Schools, which is one of Britain’s leading providers of academies and has also played a pioneering role in developing new programmes for inner city education.[22] Other initiatives spun out of ARK include Future Leaders, Teaching Leaders, Maths Mastery, English Mastery, Frontline and Now Teach. He is also a founding trustee of the charity Every Child a Chance.[23]

He was appointed Lead Non-Executive Director at the Department of Education in 2013.[24]

In April 2015, it was announced that Marshall would donate £30 million to the London School of Economics to establish The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, alongside Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett.[25] The Institute was launched in 2015, with a core aim "to improve the impact and effectiveness of private contributions to the public good".[26][27]

Marshall was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to education and philanthropy.[28]

In 2017, Marshall gave funding to a new political news website called UnHerd.[3]


Marshall has written widely about education. In 2012, he edited a book on improving the education system called 'The Tail: how England's schools fail one child in five – and what can be done'. Contributors included Labour MP, Frank Field (politician), Professor Chris Husbands of the Institute of Education and Stephen Machin of the London School of Economics. He is also co-author of 'Aiming Higher: a better future for England's schools' with Jennifer Moses (2006), and author of Tackling educational inequality (with Sumi Rabindrakumar and Lucy Wilkins, 2007)[29]

Marshall's other publications include: The Market Failures Review (Editor – 1999), Britain After Blair (co-editor with Julian Astle, David Laws, MP, Alasdair Murray), and 'Football and the Big Society' (with Sam Tomlin, 2011).[29]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sabina owns an antique shop on the King’s Road in Chelsea.[3] Marshall is father of Mumford & Sons band member Winston Marshall and musician Giovanna Marshall.[30]

In April 2017, he told the Financial Times in an interview that he had no intention of retiring.[3]


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  4. ^ "Every Child A Chance Trustees". 2 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  7. ^ Computer system gives fund a route to the top. 15 October 2005. Retrieved on 2012-04-28.
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  12. ^ Transcript: Any Questions? 10 February 2006 Archived 12 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved on 2012-04-28.
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  15. ^ 'Voters will turn to us next' says poll strategist 22 September 2004. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-07-12.
  16. ^ Clegg needs to ride the storm
  17. ^ Could a minority government deal be done? Channel 4 News
  18. ^ Hughes, Solomon (24 January 2018). "A Millionaire Who Funded Brexit Made a Killing as Carillion Crashed". Vice. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  19. ^ [ Hedge fund managers Crispin Odey and Paul Marshall say Brexit would help London] Reuters
  20. ^ "How Prosperity UK is grappling with the practical challenges and opportunities of Brexit". BrexitCentral. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  21. ^ "£1 million boost for Lib Dem think tank" – The Times, 28 June 2005
  22. ^ Hedge fund star: My plan to turn round London schools Evening Standard 7 March 2011. Retrieved 12-07-2012
  23. ^ Charity Commission. Every Child a Chance Trust, registered charity no. 1122108.
  24. ^ [2] Evening Standard 7 March 2011. Retrieved 12-09-2014
  25. ^ "LSE announces The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship". LSE. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  26. ^ "Marshall Institute". LSE Marshall Institute. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  27. ^ Social entrepreneurship institute to open in London Financial Times, 25 April 2015
  28. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B2.
  29. ^ a b Tackling educational inequality. Retrieved on 2012-04-28.
  30. ^ "M meets... Giovanna - M Magazine". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2018.