Personality of the Year

   European Personality
of the Year
Aberdeen Asset Management
Martin Gilbert is a widely respected industry leader who is never afraid to express his forthright views. Over the past few months he has appeared on radio and television and made various appearances at industry conferences to speak about the current financial turmoil. Despite the uncertainty of 2008, he still talks optimistically about the expansion of Aberdeen. Martin is a founder shareholder and chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management. Over the past 25 years, funds under management at the firm have grown from £100m (€118.8m) to £113.7bn through a combination of acquisition and organic growth. During the past year he has brokered two acquisitions, which have turned the company’s property division into one of the top ten global property asset management firms. The deals were the acquisition of DEGI, the German-based property mutual fund manager, and Goodman Property Investors. Judges chose Martin for his thought-leadership role, as evidenced by his membership of the UK Chancellor’s High-Level Group on Financial Services, and membership of the Scottish government’s Financial Services Advisory Board. But they also chose him for what they see as an excellent job in bringing Aberdeen back from the damage of the split capital investment trust scandal in 2002. Martin was educated in Aberdeen and has an MA in accountancy and an LLB in law. He divides his time between Aberdeen, where the business has always been headquartered, and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the group.
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Also shortlisted ... Edouard Carmignac, Founder and Chairman, Carmignac Gestion
In 2009 Carmignac Gestion will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation by Edouard Carmignac. Said to be passionate about financial markets, Edouard owes the success of his investment firm to his foresight and practicality. He is a man of conviction both in his portfolio management choices and his managerial decisions. Carmignac Gestion saw its assets under management grow from €1.7bn in 2003 to €12.5bn in 2007. Edouard says the secret of his success as a businessman is “work, work, work!” Robin Geffen, Managing Director, Neptune Investment Management
Six years ago, Robin identified a gap in the market for a dynamic investment firm that concentrated on long-only fund management powered by good quality in-house research. From this idea was born Neptune Investment Management, which managed £3.1bn (€3.6bn)in assets as at August 2008. Innovation has been central to Robin’s success. He has always been determined not to follow the herd and this has worked to his advantage.
Robin began his investment career at Charterhouse J Rothschild as a graduate trainee. He then moved to Eagle Star and later York Trust, before spending seven years with Scottish Equitable. Before setting up Neptune, Robin was CIO at Orbitex Investments.

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