187. Guy Hands, who was born in 1959, graduated with an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Mansfield College, Oxford, and then went to work for Goldman Sachs International where he became Head of Eurobond Trading, and then Head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Asset Structuring Group. He left Goldman Sachs in 1994 for Nomura International plc where he established PFG before spinning out Terra Firma as an independent private equity firm in 2002. Since then, he has overseen the investment of €17 billion of equity in 35 businesses with an aggregate value of €48 billion. In 2012, Guy was named the 20th most influential figure in Private Equity International’s ‘100 Most Influential of the Decade’.
He established Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited’s commitment to donate 10% of annual pre-tax profits to local initiatives in London, while Terra Firma Capital Management Limited supports numerous charities in Guernsey. He is also President of ‘Access for Excellence’ which promotes access to higher education. Additionally, Guy is a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme. In 2018, Guy was awarded Spear’s ‘Philanthropist of the Year’. He is also a member of the University of Oxford Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors.