Late Lunchtime Links: How one successful hedge fund manager escaped to pursue other interests aged merely 41

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Soon it will just be Alan Howard.

Today it emerged that Chris Rokos is following in the footsteps of Jean Philippe Blochet and James Vernan and leaving Brevan Howard.

Rokos is aged 41.

As Bloomberg points out, this leaves only two remaining diehards from Brevan's group of progenitors: Trifon Natsis and Alan Howard.

Rokos is apparently uncertain what he will be doing next. The Sunday Times estimates his wealth at £230m, so he may not feel compelled to do anything. Rokos is a private man, of whom there are no photos. However, he is known to own a £38m house with basement diving pool in Kensington.

Rokos graduated from Oxford in 1992 with a BA in maths. He joined Goldman Sachs as a swaps trader in 1993 and Credit Suisse as a director in 1998. He was one of the founders of Brevan Howard in 2002 - 10 years after graduating. Another decade later, and he's off to pursue other things.

Rokos said Brevan Howard can cope without him: it has a "deep bench."


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