GLG Hires Historian As Advisor

Sep 27 2007 | 12:05pm ET

Always on the lookout for new opportunities, hedge fund GLG Partners has reportedly gone to an unorthodox source for new ideas. The London-based firm has hired the Scottish historian Niall Ferguson as a consultant.

Ferguson, a history professor at Harvard University, also teaches at Harvard Business School and specializes in economic and financial history. In addition to his academic duties, Ferguson is a widely-known commentator and columnist, especially for his defense of the Iraq war. A proponent of counterfactual, or “what-if”, history, Ferguson also generated controversy for his alleged defense of British imperialism. Ferguson has also taught at the University of Oxford and New York University.

In a more conventional academic addition, GLG has also hired Duke quantitative finance professor Campbell Harvey to assist wit its Esprit quant fund.

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