Pharo Management

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Pharo Management
IndustryHedge Fund
Area served
Key people
Guillaume Fonkenell

Pharo Management is a hedge fund founded in 2000 by Guillaume Fonkenell.[1] Pharo trades foreign exchange, sovereign credit and interest rate markets in over 70 countries across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, as well as developed markets[2][3] and manages roughly $10 billion across four funds as of April 2018[1] from their offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.[4] The name "Pharo" comes from the word "Φάρος" in Greek which was later adopted by latin languages like French (e.g. Phare in French which denotes a tall building with a beam of light at the top).[5]

In early 2019 Guillaume Fonkenell, founder of Pharo, told investors he returned $300 million that his hedge fund had been managing to Saudi Arabia's central bank, known as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, or SAMA. Fonkenell said he was upholding his firms principles in response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is thought to have been killed by officials of the Saudi Arabian government. Pharo is the first hedge fund which refused to manage money coming from Saudi Arabia.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Pharo Management"
  2. ^ "Pharo Macro Fund: Euro Contagion will Spread to Emerging Markets", 23 May 2012. Retrieved on 29 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Tanking currencies are bad news all round", 23 May 2018. Retrieved 29 Sept 2018.
  4. ^ McIntosh, Bill. "Pharo Management - Tapping alpha in emerging markets", 27 Nov 2009. Retrieved on 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ "First evidence of Faros found in Egypt."
  6. ^ Kumar, Nishant; Nair, Dinesh (26 March 2019). "Hedge Fund Spurns Saudi Arabia's $300 Million After Khashoggi Murder". Retrieved 2019-03-28.