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October 15, 2011 3:04 am
The Hedge Fund Billionaire
Hedge fund billionaire Michael Hintze – a former Australian army captain and current papal knight – is a key figure in the network of donors and backers to Adam Werritty. Defence and security is one of Mr Hintze’s favourite topics. His hedge fund, CQS, which provided Mr Werritty with a desk in its London office, has several investments in defence companies and counts former ambassadors, senior US state department officials and security experts as members of its “global advisory forum”.
The Venture Capitalist
Jon Moulton, a maverick private equity investor who has delivered frequent public rants about his fellow investors, is a donor to the Tory party. He has also made one donation to Pargav, the not-for-profit organisation that funded some of Adam Werritty’s travels. The founder of turnround investment group Better Capital, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess of £100m, has indirect interests in the defence industry through its ownership of Gardner Aerospace, a parts supplier to the civil and military aerospace industry.
The Investigative Agency
G3, or the Good Governance Group, is a consultancy which was set up in 2004 by two former executives from Kroll, the investigations group. The company is chaired by Chester Crocker, former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs under Ronald Reagan. Its London headquarters, 40 George Street, was formerly home to Liam Fox’s “Sri Lanka Development Trust”.
The Real Estate Billionaire
Tamares Real Estate, the largest landowner in Las Vegas, is one of the companies of billionaire Poju Zabludowicz, a Finland-born magnate. Mr Zabludowicz is chair of Bicom, a pro-Israel lobbying group, and is close friends with Shimon Peres and Binyamin Netanyahu, president and prime minister of Israel. He donated £131,805 to the Conservative party last year and gave £15,000 to David Cameron’s leadership campaign in 2005.
Michael Lewis has long been a backer of Liam Fox, having funded his campaign to be elected to the Conservative party leadership in 2005. He also attended Mr Fox’s 50th birthday party last month, at which Lady Thatcher was present. A pro-Atlanticist, pro-Israeli eurosceptic, Mr Lewis was happy to fund both Mr Werritty and Mr Fox since he felt their foreign policy aims tallied closely with his.
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