Jim began his investment career in Asia and then moved to the US and worked for two fund management companies, GT Management and Thornton & Co. During this time he gained valuable insights into the companies and economies which would drive global growth over the following decades. He established his own business in 1991, which today persists as Charlemagne Capital and was recently acquired by Fiera Capital. He still controls Regent Pacific Group, a Hong Kong-listed company.
Through his private investment company, the Burnbrae Group, he has substantial real estate investments in Germany and in the Isle of Man, as well as shareholdings in private and public companies in sectors such as banking, commodities, leisure and healthcare.
Jim’s investment philosophy, which has led him to be recognised as one of the most successful investors of his generation, is underpinned by his ability to identify so-called “money-fountains” – market trends which will lead to step changes and the resulting investment opportunities.
Jim likes running and has completed 42 marathons, although his pace is slowing with each passing year.
Jim spends most of his time investigating and working on start-up ideas. He is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford and is a trustee of the Biogerontology Research Foundation as well as of the Lifeboat Foundation. Jim has recently been appointed an Ambassador on the Buck Institute for Research on Aging’s Advisory Council.
“This is the biggest money fountain idea that Al and I have ever seen. The longevity business has quickly moved from wacky land to serious science, and within just a couple of decades we expect average human life expectancy in the developed world to rise to around 110.”
He grew up in the UK and studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Southampton. Al started his professional career in Canada, working as an engineer in process automation systems. After obtaining his MBA, he worked as a management consultant, specialising in technology, strategy and operations, and has been based out of Hong Kong ever since.
Since 2008, Al has been running CASP-R, a firm he founded to provide independent research and advisory services to investors and corporations, with a focus on real estate and technology. He is active in various Hong Kong-based angel investor groups that provide seed funding to Asian-based tech and healthcare companies.
Al has been writing books with Jim since they first joined forces to write Wake Up! Survive and Prosper in the Coming Economic Turmoil, published at the end of 2005.
Al lives in Hong Kong with his partner Fiona and their two children, Enzo (who is a godson to Jim) and Margaux. Al, like Jim, has always been health conscious and believes that, allied with current advances in science, the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle can reap significant rewards. Here, he presents his personal experience as well as the latest scientific information about diet and lifestyle most conducive to living a long, healthy life.
“If everyone read and followed our lifestyle recommendations, this book would help to solve the healthcare crises in most developed economies. Many diseases which manifest themselves today can be avoided by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, and engaging in a moderate amount of exercise, even for just a few minutes a day.”