Dame Anne Richards
25/2/2021
29/9/2022
Dame Anne Richards, CEO of Fidelity International

In this episode, we feature Dame Anne Richards, CEO of Fidelity International. They offer investment solutions, services and retirement expertise to more than 2.85 million customers globally.

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In this episode, we feature Dame Anne Richards, CEO of Fidelity International. They offer investment solutions, services and retirement expertise to more than 2.85 million customers globally.

Fidelity International operates in more than 20 countries and with approximately $665 billion in total assets (as of 30/06/22), their clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals. Anne begins by describing her upbringing in Edinburgh, the decision to study electronic and electrical engineering, spending time at CERN, before going to INSEAD for an MBA. She then describes the purpose of Fidelity International and the changing demands of the investing population.

Anne also discusses the ability of technology to serve clients (of whom they have 2.5 million!), developing a culture that embraces and encourages the “brave/bold/curious/compassionate”. Anne explains how ESG principles are embedded into all their research work and why their approach to ESG does not necessarily mean divestment is the optimal course.

She talks about the decline of public market listings, the importance of research in public and private investing and giving their managers enough room for manoeuvre Finally, she talks about her drive and hunger to have more women work in finance, gives great advice to “worry less” for those thinking about their careers.

Dame Anne Richards

Dame Anne Richards DBE CVO is the CEO of Fidelity International. Previously, she served as CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management and CEO of M&G Investments. She was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and began her career working at CERN. She then spent time at Cambridge Consultants, before doing her MBA at INSEAD. She became CEO of Fidelity International in 2018, and was made a Dame in the 2021 Birthday Honours for 'services to financial services, women, education and science'.

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