CEO, Octopus Investments
After graduating from St Andrews University, Simon Rogerson began a career in investment management – and was disappointed by what he saw. To him, the industry was full of companies designing needlessly complex products, talking in unhelpful jargon and falling well short in terms of customer service. So, Simon decided to change things, by setting up a different kind of investment company.
Simon co-founded Octopus Investments in 2000 and, as chief executive, maintains overall responsibility for the company. Today, the business is one of the UK’s fastest growing fund management companies, managing more than £4.7 billion on behalf of 50,000 investors. Octopus has been recognised for its product innovation and exceptional client service and has twice been voted one of the Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to work for.
Having founded an entrepreneurial company, Simon understands what it takes to build a business. Octopus works hand-in-hand with some of the most successful entrepreneurs and management teams in the country, helping to finance companies capable of creating, transforming or dominating their industry.