London-based activist hedge fund Centaurus Capital has snared some illustrious names to serve on its newly-created advisory board, including a pair of leading rightist politicians, the firm said today.
Former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar and Kenneth Clarke, the former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, lead the list. Also named to the board were noted economist Thierry de Montbrial and former World Gold Council CEO Haruko Fukuda.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to welcome a group of people of such exceptional caliber and wealth of experience to our newly-created advisory board,” Bernard Oppetit, chairman and chief investment officer of the US$4.5 billion fund, said. “The breadth of experience and global vision of the advisory board will complement our existing strengths in an increasingly complex and intertwined global economy.”
Aznar served as Spain’s premier from 1996 until 2004, when his support for the war in Iraq led to his electoral defeat. Clarke served as John Major’s Treasury chief for four years, and was a minister for 18 years, and thrice sought unsuccessfully the leadership of the U.K.’s Conservative Party.