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FT: Davide Serra “I have an Italian heart but a British brain”
Monday, 27 November 2017
In the personal office gym of Davide Serra, chief executive of Algebris, there is a photograph of him standing on the razor-edged peak of the 12,500ft Aiguille de la Republique. Tiny, in a red windcheater, he grins, dwarfed by the mountain ranges around him.
“I put it up there to remind me that I have to keep training and stay fit so I can keep climbing up there,” he says, today wearing a slim-cut blue Italian suit but still sporting the same triumphant smile.
The photo, and Mr Serra’s reaction, is a clue to how the 46-year-old Italian from Genoa became one of the most noted investors in European banking.
In the past decade, Algebris Investments, the fund he co-founded in 2006 after 10 years as a top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley and UBS, the banks, has evolved into a financials-focused investment boutique with 70 employees, $12bn in assets under management and market-beating returns.
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Source: Rachel Sanderson, 2017, I have an Italian heart but a British brain. https://www.ft.com/content/c0213e30-cea7-11e7-9dbb-291a884dd8c6. 27/ November. Used under licence from the Financial Times. All Rights Reserved.