Generosity rewarded with knighthood

5 July 2013

Well known British-Australian businessman and University of Sydney alumnus, Michael Hintze AM, has been honoured with a knighthood in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sir Michael, a prominent financier and founder of leading diversified global asset management group CQS, was recognised for his significant philanthropic contributions to the arts. Through the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, his donations have enabled the restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican and provided vital support to the Old Vic Theatre and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Earlier this year, Michael's philanthropic contributions to arts, health, and education in Australia were also recognised with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

A long-time supporter of the University, Michael recently pledged $1 million to launch a flagship research and development incubator with the Charles Perkins Centre to explore commercially viable applications for improving individual and population health. In 2006, Michael's contributions to the University allowed the establishment of the Centre for International Security Studies and the Michael Hintze Chair in International Security.

Michael graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSc in Physics and Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering. Before establishing CQS, he worked for Goldman Sachs and for Salomon Brothers. Prior to this Michael worked briefly as an electrical design engineer and also served for several years in the Australian Army as a Captain in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He is treasurer of the Sydney University UK Alumni Association and Chair of the Friends of the University of Sydney UK Trust.