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Wealth Manager's 25 most popular fund managers in H1

We highlight the 25 fund manager factsheets that drew the most clicks in the first six months of the year.

25. Luke Biermann

The first name on our list is Luke Biermann, a portfolio manager at Schroders Investment Management. The Citywire A-rated manager is currently responsible for investments and analysis in European smaller companies.

Over the three years to the end of June, Biermann ranked 10 out of 56 Citywire-tracked managers in European small and medium cap equity, with a return of 61.2%.

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25. Luke Biermann

The first name on our list is Luke Biermann, a portfolio manager at Schroders Investment Management. The Citywire A-rated manager is currently responsible for investments and analysis in European smaller companies.

Over the three years to the end of June, Biermann ranked 10 out of 56 Citywire-tracked managers in European small and medium cap equity, with a return of 61.2%.

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24. Francis Brooke

The second name on our countdown is Francis Brooke, investment director at Troy Asset Management. The Citywire AA-rated manager joined the firm in 2004, and currently runs the Trojan Income fund and a segregated charity portfolio.

Brooke's career began in 1986 at Kleinwort Benson Securities, followed by a stint at Foreign & Colonial Management, where he was appointed director in 1995.

Over the three years to the end of June, Brooke ranked 10 out of 88 managers in UK equity income, with a return of 33.7%.

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23. Harry Nimmo

Next up is Harry Nimmo, the smaller companies expert at Standard Life UK. The Citywire AAA-rated manager has been with the firm since 1985, and has been running the Standard Life UK Small Companies fund since it was launched in January 1997.

Over the three years to the end of June, Nimmo ranked 13 out of 49 managers in UK smaller companies, with a return of 53.7%.

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22. David Tovey

At number 22 on our countdown is David Tovey, a fund manager at BlackRock. The Citywire AAA-rated manager joined Merrill Lynch in 1998, and now runs runs the BGF Swiss Small & Mid Cap Opportunities fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Tovey ranked 1 out of the 3 Citywire-tracked managers in Swiss small and medium cap equity, with a return of 100.4%.

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21. Avinash Vazirani

Avinash Vazirani certainly has an interesting track record. The Citywire A-rated manager is a former CIO (South Asia and Africa) of BNP Paribas Asset Management, a founder and former managing partner of Peninsular Capital Partners LLP and a former CEO of GEM Dolphin Investment Managers. He now manages Jupiter India's Select SICAV fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Vazirani ranked 4 out of the 37 Citywire-tracked managers in Indian equity, with a return of 92.6%.

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20. Oliver Kelton

Oliver Kelton currently manages two European equity funds for Odey, having joined the firm from Waverton in March 2015.

Over the three years to the end of June, he ranked 155 out of the 173 Citywire-tracked managers in European equity, with a return of 23.0%.

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19. Matthew Dobbs

Next up is Matthew Dobbs, the head of global and international small cap equities at Schroder Investment Management. The Citywire A-rated manager has been with the firm since 1981, and over the course of his career has worked in New York, Singapore and London.

Over the three years to the end of June, he ranked 3 out of the 23 Citywire-tracked managers in global small and medium company equities, with a return of 60.1%.

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18. John Armitage

John Armitage co-founded Egerton Capital in 1994. He is currently a director of the firm and its CIO, responsible for portfolio management. Before starting out on his own, Armitage spent six years managing Morgan Grenfell's European Growth Trust from its launch in April 1988.

Over the three years to the end of June, Armitage ranked 10 out of the 68 Citywire-tracked managers in Alternative long/short Ucits, with a return of 32%.

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17. Hugh Yarrow

Hugh Yarrow is a portfolio manager for Wise Investments. He joined the firm in 2009, and quickly launched Evenlode Income, a UK equity fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Yarrow ranked 1 out of the 88 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity income, with a return of 43.7%.

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16. Michael Lindsell

Michael Lindsell co-founded Lindsell Train Ltd in 1999 alongside Nick Train. He is an expert in Asian equity, having previously worked in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and he now manages the Lindsell Train - Japanese Equity fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Lindsell ranked 3 out of the 83 Citywire-tracked managers in Japanese equity, with a return of 91.2%.

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15. Bambos Hambi

Bambos Hambi is head of fund of funds management at Standard Life Investments, having previously headed up teams at Friends Ivory Sime, Rothschild and Gartmore. He is now responsible for a string of different portfolios.

Over the three years to the end of June, Hambi ranked 36 out of the 63 Citywire-tracked managers in mixed assets (conservative GBP), with a return of 14.9%.

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14. Anthony Clake

Anthony Clake is a director and global portfolio manager at Marshall Wace, where he has been responsible for the development of the TOPS strategies since they were introduced in 2001. The Citywire AAA-rated manager has pushed the boundaries of the strategies too, extending their reach across Europe, Asia, North and South America and some emerging markets.

Over the three years to the end of June, Clake ranked 1 out of the 19 Citywire-tracked managers in Alternative Ucits (market neutral), with a return of 21.4%.

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13. Stephen Thornber

Next on our list is Stephen Thornber, a Columbia Threadneedle global equity fund manager who sadly passed away on 28 December 2016.

Thornber had joined Threadneedle on its inception in 1994. Mark Burgess, the firm's global head of equities, said: 'Stephen was a talented investor, a true professional and a gentleman. He was a terrific influence on people across the whole firm and will be remembered by his colleagues and clients with warmth, affection and great respect.'

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12. Nigel Thomas

Nigel Thomas learned his trade alongside the legendary stockmarket investor John Carrington, and now boasts more than 15 years at the helm of UK-oriented unit trusts for AXA Framlington. Thomas made his name in the stockmarket rally of late 1999 and early 2000, but stood out from the crowd by managing to retain his gains throughout the ensuing bear market.

Over the three years to the end of June, Thomas ranked 126 out of the 159 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity, with a return of 17.5%.

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11. Nick Train

As Michael Lindsell's opposite number at Lindsell Train, Nick Train is the firm's managing director and a Citywire AAA-rated fund manager. Before starting out with Lindsell, Train had worked at M&G Investments as head of global equities.

Over the three years to the end of June, Train ranked 4 out of the 159 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity, with a return of 47.8%.

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10. Robin Geffen

Just creeping into the top 10 of our most viewed managers is Robin Geffen, the influential fund manager at Neptune Investment Management. His market views have previously appeared in the pages of the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Mail. Geffen follows his instincts on the economy, believing that no single investment style can outperform cyclical sector patterns.

Over the three years to the end of June, he ranked 54 out of the 88 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity, with a return of 23.5%.

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9. Giles Hargreave

Giles Hargreave is chairman of Hargreave Hale, the firm he created in 1988 by merging his investment management company with a provincial stockbroker. Hargreave now chairs the investment committee's weekly meetings and oversees existing and potential investments.

Over the three years to the end of June, Hargreave ranked 18 out of the 49 Citywire-tracked managers in UK smaller companies, with a return of 44.7%.

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8. Andrew Brough

At number eight is Andrew Brough, co-head of Schroder's pan-European small and mid cap equity team. The Citywire + rated manager has been with the firm since 1987 and currently runs unit trusts, such as the Schroder UK Mid 250 fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Brough ranked 14 out of the 49 Citywire-tracked managers in UK smaller companies, with a return of 53.3%.

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7. Richard Buxton

Seventh in our list is motorbike enthusiast and chief executive of Old Mutual Global Investors, Richard Buxton. Before joining Old Mutual in June 2013, Buxton had managed the Schroder UK Alpha Plus fund since its launch in 2002.

Over the three years to the end of June, Buxton ranked 124 out of the 159 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity, with a return of 17.9%.

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6. Evy Hambro

Evy Hambro has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry, having begun his career in 1994 at Mercury Asset Management. He was part of the investment team that was acquired by Merrill Lynch (now BlackRock) three years later. He is now lead manager on the BGF World Mining fund and the BGF World Gold fund.

Over the three years to the end of June, Hambro ranked 2 out of the 14 Citywire-tracked managers in gold and precious metals equity, with a return of 22.3%.

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5. Kevin O'Nolan

Kevin O'Nolan is a portfolio manager across a number of multi asset strategies at Fidelity. Since joining the firm in 2008, O'Nolan has focused on developing Fidelity's Tactical Asset Allocation capabilities.

Over the year to the end of June, O'Nolan ranked 39 out of the 53 Citywire-tracked managers in mixed assets (flexible USD), with a return of 8.2%.

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4. David Cumming

At number 4 is David Cumming, a fund manager who began his career in 1983 as a UK investment analyst at Royal London Mutual. Cumming was head of UK equities at Standard Life Investments until March this year, when he left the company to 'pursue other interests'. The announcement of his departure came days after Standard Life sealed its £11 billion merger with Aberdeen.

Under his watch, Standard Life's UK Recovery fund had returned 364.2% from its inception in March 2009 to the end of February 2017, smashing the 171.8% return on the FTSE All Share.

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3. Paul Mumford

At number three in our countdown is Paul Mumford, an experienced fund manager at Cavendish Asset Management. Mumford joined the firm at its formation in 1994, and currently manages the Cavendish Opportunities, AIM and UK Select funds.

Over the three years to the end of June, Mumford ranked 129 out of the 159 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity, with a return of 17.1%.

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2. Neil Woodford

Neil Woodford is one of the best known and best performing fund managers in the UK market today. In 2014 he left Invesco Perpetual after 26 years with the company in order to set up his own fund management firm, Woodford Investment Management. He typically favours longer-term investment strategies, and was awarded a CBE for services to the economy in 2013.

Over the three years to the end of June, Woodford ranked 25 out of the 88 Citywire-tracked managers in UK equity income, with a return of 29.5%.

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1. Terry Smith

The title of the most viewed manager profile of 2017 so far goes to Terry Smith – the founder and chief executive of Fundsmith. Smith currently runs the Fundsmith Equity fund, a large cap global equity portfolio, and recently became a resident of Mauritius.

Over the three years to the end of June, Smith ranked 2 out of the 401 Citywire-tracked managers in global equity, with a return of 99.4%.

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Bambos Hambi
Bambos Hambi
40/67 in Mixed Assets - Conservative GBP (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 7.72%
Kevin O’Nolan
Kevin O’Nolan
77/140 in Mixed Assets - Balanced GBP (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 10.52%
Paul Mumford
Paul Mumford
1/12 in Equity - UK Medium Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 57.40%
Nigel Thomas
Nigel Thomas
123/151 in Equity - UK (All Companies) (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 9.64%
Richard Buxton
Richard Buxton
106/151 in Equity - UK (All Companies) (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 11.24%
Nick Train
Nick Train
8/441 in Equity - Global (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 60.68%
Terry Smith
Terry Smith
6/441 in Equity - Global (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 63.33%
Matthew Dobbs
Matthew Dobbs
22/34 in Equity - Global Small & Medium Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 32.84%
Evy Hambro
Evy Hambro
9/17 in Equity - Gold & Precious Metals (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 18.40%
Anthony Clake
Anthony Clake
9/26 in Alternative UCITS - Market Neutral (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 13.84%
David Tovey
David Tovey
2/71 in Alternative UCITS - Long/Short Equity (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 68.80%
John Armitage
John Armitage
5/71 in Alternative UCITS - Long/Short Equity (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 44.65%
Harry Nimmo
Harry Nimmo
13/47 in Equity - UK Smaller Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 62.39%
Luke Biermann
Luke Biermann
47/66 in Equity - UK Smaller Companies (Performance over 3 months) Average Total Return: -4.82%
Giles Hargreave
Giles Hargreave
11/47 in Equity - UK Smaller Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 62.75%
Andrew Brough
Andrew Brough
19/47 in Equity - UK Smaller Companies (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 54.36%
Hugh Yarrow
Hugh Yarrow
6/88 in Equity - UK Equity Income (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 30.14%
Neil Woodford
Neil Woodford
88/88 in Equity - UK Equity Income (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: -4.35%
Michael Lindsell
Michael Lindsell
4/95 in Equity - Japan (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 79.44%
Avinash Vazirani
Avinash Vazirani
14/37 in Equity - India (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 27.87%
Oliver Kelton
Oliver Kelton
10/115 in Equity - Europe Excluding UK (Performance over 1 year) Average Total Return: 13.72%
David Cumming
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