Private-equity titan Guy Hands on investing in a time of Trump: ‘The most difficult environment I have ever seen’

In his 35 years in the business, Guy Hands has earned a reputation as the “king of British private equity” and a London “star financier.”

Since starting out in 1982 as a bond trader at Goldman Sachs, he’s risen to become one of Europe’s most prominent bankers, amassing a string of high-profile private-equity deals and an impressive personal fortune.

Hands worked for Nomura — where he’s said to have earned the bank more than $1.9 billion — before founding Terra Firma Capital Partners in 2002. With a $2.1 billion fund from the get-go, Terra Firma immediately became one of the largest private-equity firms in Europe and now holds about $12 billion in total assets.

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