Yann Samuelides, the Goldman Sachs partner who retired earlier this year at the tender age of 41, has resurfaced at Rothsay Life – the UK insurer formerly owned by…Goldman Sachs.
Samuelides joined Rothesay Life as head of asset and liability management in November, according to both filings on the Financial Conduct Authority register and his own public profile. He was previously head of fixed income, currency and commodities trading strategy at Goldman Sachs in London, but retired in May. Goldman Sachs partners ‘retired’ en masse earlier this year to make way for the bi-annual promotion process for the new round of partners announced in November.
Samuelides joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2004 from Credit Agricole when he was 29. By the time he was 32 he made it to managing director and was promoted to partner in 2012. He has a PhD in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and started out at BNP Paribas in 2001.
Rothesay Life is a UK insurer set up by Goldman Sachs which specialises in bulk annuity buy outs of large corporate pension funds. Goldman is still an investor in the firm, along with Blackstone and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, but sold its majority stake in the firm in 2013. This year, Rothesay secured a £6bn deal to take on the pension liabilities of Dutch in insurer Aegon, which was one of a number of large deals across the sector as insurance firms start to offload parts of their businesses as they adapt to Solvency II capital rules.
Samuelides professional achievements are significant, but his inevitably brings up a high-profile story surrounding allegations of how he courted his wife. In 2010, he was embroiled in a media storm after it was reported that he spent £500k to persuade his partner, Alazbeta Homolkova to come and live with him. She was reportedly working as an escort girl at the time and was married to 67-year-old retired businessman, Denis Morley, who alleged that Samuelides offered Homolkova to leave her husband.
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