Late Lunchtime Links: Meet the senior private equity fund manager who's a strict vegan and had learning difficulties as a child

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Not all private equity professionals are sporting jocks

Not all private equity professionals are sporting jocks (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Private equity funds are notoriously unadventurous about who they hire. They mostly like their recruits to have attended the best schools, completed a brief stint in a top investment bank, to have completed an MBA at a top business school, and to have been top and best at everything.

That there exists a famous private equity professional who admits to having learning difficulties as a child is therefore unusual. That this is compounded by strict veganism and a refusal to wear leather and silk also seems unusual for private equity, where it helps to be a jock with an MBA (unless you subscribe to the theory of individuation we outlined the other day).

Who is this private equity anomaly? It is Jeremy Coller at Coller Capital. Financial News cites him as one of the top 10 most influential private equity professionals in the UK and says that his learning difficulties as a child helped make him determined to get on in life.

What were Coller's learning difficulties? We don't know. Interestingly, however, Guy Hands is both dyslexic and dyspraxic and was singled out as a misfit at school.  Jocks may be less suited to private equity than they seem.


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