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Money Makers: The Stock Market Secrets of Britain's Top Professional Investment Managers by Jonathan Davis

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5. Colin McLean: Seeking the truth behind the numbers

If you were asked to go and find some entrepreneurial talent in the investment business, it is a fair bet that one of the last places you would want to look is in the actuarial department of a Scottish life insurance company. There may be more conservative business institutions than a Scottish insurance company, but there are certainly not many – just as there are few more conservative professions than actuaries. A career spent calculating the odds of people dying before their time is not, by and large, a natural testbed for budding entrepreneurs.

Yet, remarkably, Colin McLean emerged from just such a background to become one of Britain’s most successful specialist fund managers. At the ...

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