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Jeremy Coller

Founder, CIO & Chairman

Coller Capital

London, UK

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Biography

Founder, CIO and Chairman of Coller Capital, Jeremy Coller, the ‘Godfather of Secondaries’, is recognised as one of the 50 most influential people in European private equity, according to Financial News.

Jeremy’s career began as he pioneered the acquisition of private equity secondaries at ICI Pension Plan and was Head of Research at Fidelity International Investment Management.

In 1990, he set up Coller Capital, the world’s leading secondary private equity firm with assets under management of around $17 bn. Through the company’s expansion, Jeremy was recognised as the leader of the secondaries market’ industrialisation and named ‘Personality of the Decade’ by Financial News in 2013.

Jeremy is also widely known for his philanthropic work, mainly through the Jeremy Coller Foundation. As a grant-making organisation, it promotes entrepreneurialism worldwide and focuses on several programmes such as:

- The FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return) Initiative: an investor network which seeks to raise awareness around the ESG risks associated with intensive animal farming.

- Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University: an innovative organisation aiming to advance the venture ecosystem worldwide through research, education and outreach.

- Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University: a globally top ranked management school providing outstanding education for innovators to succeed in the world of venture

Educated at Carmel College and the Sorbonne, Jeremy has a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.

Educated at Carmel College and the Sorbonne, Jeremy has a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.

Jeremy Coller’s Newsfeed

Investors step up pressure on companies over use of antibiotics

The new alliance, supported by the UN-Supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care, was co-ordinated by Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (Fairr). It has been funded by the investor Jeremy Coller, chairman of Coller Capital, who said: “The number one user of antibiotics worldwide is animal agriculture. This must change . . . [It] is crazily irresponsible behaviour.”

Private equity portfolios are not ready for downturn

In the next five years, investors expect conditions to swing in their favour including a reduction in fees; 1 in 5 expect an overall reduction in carried interest rates. “We have experienced one of the longest stock market expansions in history,” said Jeremy Coller, chief investment officer of Coller Capital, “but investors know that winter is coming. They are telling us that differences in the quality of managers’ strategies and teams will again lead to a significant divergence of returns between GPs – just as it did in the [Great Recession].”

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Jeremy Coller’s Background

Coller Capital
Founder, CIO & Chairman
1990 - Present
London, UK
Established in 1990, Coller Capital is a multinational investment company that provides liquidity solutions to investors. With offices in 3 of the world's top financial hubs, London, New York and Hong Kong, it has completed some of the largest transactions in the private equity secondary market and become a world leading investor, recognised innovator and stand-out player within a complex market.
ICI Pension Fund
Director
1985 - 1990
London, UK
Imperial Chemical Industries was a British chemical company and one of the largest manufacturers in Britain. Jeremy pioneered the acquisition of private equity secondaries in their pension plan.
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Other Business Interests

FAIRR
Founder
2016 - Present
London, UK
The FAIRR Initiative is a network of investors founded by Jeremy Coller. FAIRR helps investors to identify the material ESG risks and opportunities associated with the animal protein sector through cutting-edge research, which investors can then integrate into their investment decision-making and stewardship processes. With $25tr in assets (Nov 2020), FAIRR is now the fastest growing ESG network.

Philanthropy

Jeremy Coller Foundation
Founder
2002 - Present
London, UK
The Jeremy Coller Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of private equity entrepreneur Jeremy Coller. It was initially created to provide further management education in venture, namely through the creation of Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. Over the years, it has grown to support a wider range of projects, many of them with the common objective to address animal welfare.
Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University
Founder
2008 - Present
Tel Aviv-Yafo, IL
Jeremy donated $50 million towards the establishment of the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University, a leading management school, particularly in the area of venture and entrepreneurship. Its primary goal is to become a global hub for excellence in multi-disciplinary research, management and innovative thinking.
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Publications

Book : The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors logo Book : The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors logo
Book : The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors
Author
2009
The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors is written by Jeremy Coller and is an exploration of 20 inventors who all had a huge impact on the evolution of the world. In the book, Jeremy argues that there are basic personality types, such as Principal, Broker and Consultant.

Awards & Endorsements

Financial News
Most Influential People in European Private Equity
London, UK
Jeremy Coller was voted one of the Most Influential People in European Private Equity by Financial News for his prominent role in the financial services industry in 2018, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Real Deals
Most Influential People in European Private Equity
Jeremy was voted one of the top 20 most influential people in private equity by Real Deals magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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Jeremy Coller’s Education

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Sorbonne
Diplôme Cours de Civilisation Française
University of Sussex
MA Philosophy
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