Amid the royals and celebrities gazing at Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanging wedding vows in Westminster Abbey last week was none other than AR’s May cover story subject, Michael Hintze.
The founder and senior investment officer of CQS, the $10.5 billion hedge fund with headquarters in London, is close to Prince Charles through their joint philanthropic work and received one of the coveted 1,900 tickets to the ceremony watched by as many as 2.4 billion people around the world.
Hintze apparently relished his place in the audience. “When she came in with that veil over her face, it was almost ethereal, like she was coming through a cloud—an angel coming into the Abbey," he told the Wall Street Journal.
Hintze is chairman of the Prince’s of Wales Foundation for the Built Environment, “an educational charity which exists to improve the quality of people’s lives by teaching and practicing timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing and building,” according to the group’s website.
In 2009, Hintze and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy from His Royal Highness Charles himself.
The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation has made contributions to more than 150 causes. They include, according to a Built Environment biography, providing support to the Evelina Childrens Hospital, Trinity Hospice in south London, establishing the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney, enabling the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican, sponsoring two major galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum and providing funding to the Old Vic and National Gallery. Hintze is also Vice President of the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association and a trustee of the National Gallery, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the University of Sydney and Wandsworth Museum.