Sir Michael Hintze is the founder, CEO and senior investment officer of CQS and the portfolio manager of the CQS Directional Opportunities Fund.
Before establishing CQS in 1999, Hintze was a managing director in the leveraged funds group at Credit Suisse First Boston. He had previously spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles, including executive director and head of U.K. equity trading. He began his financial career in 1982 with Salomon Brothers in New York after working as an electrical design engineer for Civil and Civic Pty Ltd in Australia, where he had also served in the Australian Regular Army in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, latter as a captain.
Hintze has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2005. Since then almost 200 charities have received funding from the foundation.
Fluent in Russian, Hintz holds bachelor's degrees in physics and pure mathematics, and in electrical engineering, both from the University of Sydney. He also holds a master's in acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has received a doctor of business and an Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales.