Sir Michael is the Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, one of Europe’s leading credit-focused multi-strategy asset management firms. He is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.
Prior to establishing CQS in 1999, Michael held a number of senior roles at CSFB and Goldman Sachs. He began his career in finance in 1982 with Salomon Brothers, 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, latterly as a Captain.
In 2014, Michael was called to serve on the International Advisory Panel for the Australian government’s Financial Services Inquiry and subsequently as a Member of the Market Practitioners’ Panel of the UK’s Fair and Effective Markets Review. He presently serves as a Member of the Vatican Bank Board and sits on the Audit Committee of the Duchy of Cornwall.
Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2005. Since inception, over 200 charities have received funding from the Foundation.
Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a DBA (honoris) from the University of New South Wales.