My gran’s bday gift sparked my career – now I’m worth £11.5bn, says Mike Platt

A £500 birthday gift from his gran started a financier’s career – and now he’s worth a staggering £11.5billion.

Michael Platt, a hedge fund manager from Preston, started investing when he was just 14 thanks to the present from his grandmother.


Mike Platt, a Preston-born financier, started investing when he was 14 thanks to a birthday gift from his granCredit: Linkedin

The 53-year-old, who is the co-founder and chief executive of BlueCrest Management, has increased his fortune in the past year by £1.5bn, to £11.5bn, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

Platt, who claims never…

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