RICHARD FARLEIGH was born in Australia in 1960. Despite a difficult start in
life, he went on to win a scholarship to study economics and econometrics at
New South Wales University, and graduated with first class honours.
Farleigh worked briefly in the Research Department at Australia's central
bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia, working on economic modelling. At 23, he
joined a leading investment bank, Bankers Trust Australia, where he worked in
designing and managing swaps and other derivatives. During this period he
demonstrated a strong ability at trading financial markets, and was then
appointed head of the bank's proprietary trading desk, which achieved
spectacular results by predicting big picture trends and by using a trading
model he developed.
In 1992 he was hired as head of a private hedge fund in Bermuda. He was able
to retire at the age of 34, and moved to live in Monte Carlo. From there he
began investing in small companies which were mostly situated in the UK.
Over the years, he has invested in over fifty start-ups, many of which have
floated or been acquired. Despite his early retirement and being affected by the
tech wreck in the year 2000, Farleigh was named as one of the top ten
entrepreneurs in Europe.
Apart from being keen on tennis, skiing and boating, Richard is an
internationally ranked chess player, and has represented Bermuda and Monaco in
the Chess Olympics.