BRW Rich 200 lists fin services best
Friday, 4 June 2010 12:30pm

Platinum's Kerr Neilson, ex-Macquarie chief Allan Moss and Maple-Brown Abbott co-founder Robert Maple-Brown led the charge of financial services execs who made it to this year's BRW Rich 200.

Platinum manages more than $17 billion in client funds spread across a number of strategies including the firm's flagship International Fund, which holds more than $9 billion in funds under management (FUM), according to Rainmaker.

Investment Trends research highlighted the fund manager's popularity among Australia's financial planners. It found financial planners are three times more likely to favour Platinum Asset Management over other international equities fund managers when placing client money.

BRW estimates Neilson's wealth at $2.3 billion.

Further down the ladder, with an estimated wealth of $610 million is Phil Mathews. BRW said his hedge fund business, Mathews Capital Partners, bets on coal and coal seam gas companies had paid off in the past year.

Michael Hintze, London-based hedge fund manager, also made the list with an estimated personal wealth of $550 million. The publication said Hintze founded hedge fund, CQS, which according to its website manages hedge funds, loan products and long only funds in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Fellow London hedge fund manager, Greg Coffey, with a reported wealth of $395 million also made the cut. According to BRW, Coffey joined Moore Capital in 2008 after a stint managing the emerging markets fund at GLG Partners.

Allan Moss, former chief executive at Macquarie Group, is estimated to be worth $271 million. Moss was at the helm of the banking giant for close to 15 years and was succeeded by Nicholas Moore in February 2008.

Robert Maple-Brown, co-founder of investment manager Maple-Brown Abbott, made the prestigious list with an approximate wealth of $249 million. Maple-Brown received the officer in the general division of AO honours at this year's Australia Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, Barry Lambert, founder of Count Financial is quoted by BRW to have a personal wealth of $218 million.

He remains on the board of the company after Andrew Gale, former Deloitte actuarial expert, was named chief executive in February this year. Gale replaced Marianne Perkovic who left to join Colonial First State.

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