Howard Named Weightiest Hedge Fund Manager In Europe

Jul 12 2010 | 8:53am ET

Brevan Howard Asset Management founder Alan Howard is the most influential hedge fund chief in the European financial markets, according to Financial News’ FN100 list.

Howard, who recently left London for Switzerland in the wake of the U.K.’s new 50% top income tax rate, ranked ninth, behind the heads of European banking giants Credit Suisse Group, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Barclays, but ahead of such powerful luminaries as London Stock Exchange CEO Xavier Rolet and U.K. Financial Services Authority chief Hector Sants.

Other hedge fund honchos making the list—topped by Deutsche Bank corporate and investment banking chief Anshu Jain, whose own boss ranked only 6th—are Michael Platt of BlueCrest Asset Management (15th), Man Group CEO Peter Clarke (22nd), former Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies chief and founder of Edoma Capital Pierre-Henri Flamand (39th), Odey Asset Management founder Crispin Odey (48th), Goldman Sachs prime brokerage chief James Paradise (51st), Moore Capital Management founder Louis Bacon (66th), Michael Hintze of CQS (74th), Thélème Partners chief and TCI Partners co-founder Patrick Degorce (89th) and Eclectica Asset Management’s Hugh Hendry (98th).

The FN list is made up of 10 representatives from 10 categories, including one apiece for hedge funds and private equity, as well as asset management, investment banking, pensions and regulation and policy.

Apax Partners’ Martin Halusa was named Europe’s most influential private equity executive, coming in 18th place overall. He is joined by KKR Europe chief Johannes Huth, AlpInvest Partners’ Win Borgdorff, CVC Capital Partners’ Michael Smith, Coller Capital’s Jeremy Coller, BC Partners’ Francesco Loredan, 3i Group’s Michael Queen, PAI Partners’ Lionel Zinsou, Axa Private Equity’s Dominique Senequier and Permira’s Kurt Björklund.

Other influential Europeans with hands in the alternative investments industry include Carmignac Asset Management founder Edouard Carmignac, Jupiter Fund Management chief Edward Bonham Carter, Icap’s Michael Spencer and Thames River Capital head Charlie Porter.

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