Stanley Fink, Baron Fink
The Lord Fink
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
18 January 2011
15 September 1957 (age 64)
|Spouse(s)||Barbara née Paskin|
|Children||The Hon Jordan Fink,|
The Hon Alexander Fink,
The Hon Gabriella Fink
|Education||Manchester Grammar School,|
Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
|Known for||Financial services|
Stanley Fink was born on 15 September 1957 in Crumpsall, Lancashire; his father ran a grocery store. Fink was educated at Manchester Grammar School before going on to study at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Fink started his career at the accountancy firm, Arthur Andersen, qualifying as FCA before briefly working for Mars Inc, then joining Citibank. He served as chief executive officer of Man Group, a hedge fund, from 2000 to 2007. Described as the "godfather" of the UK hedge fund industry, he is credited with building the Man Group up to its FTSE 100 public company status, the largest listed hedge fund company in the world.
In September 2008, Fink came out of retirement to act as the chief executive of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) in partnership with Lord Levy. Appointed chairman of ISAM in 2015, he retired from its board in December 2018.
Fink is a seed investor in Ecometrica, a leading environmental software business which, headquartered in Edinburgh, operates globally. An early investor in New Forests Company, among the largest sustainable forestry businesses in Africa operating in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, the company has become a market leader in the provision of sustainable wood and FSC-certified transmission poles throughout East Africa.
In July 2018, Fink was appointed as Global Special Advisor to eToro. Later that year, the Fink family office was formed, which invests predominantly in PropTech, FinTech and EdTech ventures, and includes:
- British Pearl – property investment platform: also chairman;
- Farillio – speedy, easy law;
- Bud – leaders in open banking;
- Seneca Learning – a leading education platform;
- PiTops – a leading STEM, creative learning company;
- Blackbullion – helping teach students financial literacy;
- Project Etopia – leading modular building company, also chairman;
In January 2009, Fink was appointed Co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party. Created a life peer on 18 January 2011, he took the title of Baron Fink, of Northwood in the County of Middlesex; Lord and Lady Fink were regular guests of David Cameron at Chequers and, after the resignation of Peter Cruddas over a cash-for-access controversy, Lord Fink returned as Treasurer of the Conservative Party, which he had previously given £2.62m: he is among the top 20 biggest donors to the Conservative Party.
In February 2015, Fink was accused by the Labour leader Ed Miliband of undertaking "tax evasion activities". In reply, he stated simply that not only he avoided tax, but that "everyone does tax avoidance at some level".
Lord Fink is Chairman of Governors at Ark Burlington Danes Academy, President of Evelina Children's Hospital and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In September 2009, he was appointed chairman of Absolute Return for Kids. In 2010, he and Cherie Blair attended a fundraiser for learning difficulties charity Norwood, of which he is a benefactor.
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- "Hedge Fund Lions' den: Emerging managers learn their fate". 16 December 2013.
- Terms agreed for Bain Capital’s acquisition of Zenith Hygiene, The Caterer, 12 October 2017
- Global investment platform eToro has appointed Stanley Fink as Special Advisor to the business globally., Institutional Asset Manager, 16 July 2018
- "The Fink Family Foundation". The Fink Family Foundation. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
- British Pearl team, British Pearl, 10 June 2019
- UK startup Bud raises $20 mn to advance its Open Banking capabilities, IBS International, 4 February 2017
- Legal tech startup Farillio nabs £650,000 in Angel funding, UK Tech News, 27 September 2019
- Tutor Trust and Seneca Learning – an exciting new partnership – 29th January 2019, Tutor Trust, 29 January 2019
- www.parliament.uk, 29 January 2019
- The Times
- Lord Fink: How the godfather of hedge funds made his fortune, The Independent, 25 February 2015
- New Tory Treasurer Stanley Fink plans to blow Labour out of water, The Daily Telegraph, 16 January 2009
- "No. 59677". The London Gazette. 21 February 2011. p. 965.
- "List of Chequers guests" (PDF). Conservative Home.
- FT Research: from little acorns...
- Elizabeth Rigby, Gavin Jackson, George Parker, 'Tories double number of big City donors in five years: Miliband attacks 'party of Mayfair hedge funds and Monaco tax avoiders',' Financial Times, 5 February 2015, pp. 1; 20
- "Lord Fink: Miliband comments 'untrue'". BBC News.
- Evening Standard article on Fink's response
- 'Educashun News', Private Eye, No. 1245 (18 Sep – 1 October 2009), p. 15
- A large crowd raises £3.3m for Norwood's services, The Jewish Chronicle, 23 November 2010