Award winning investor, 36, is found dead in a barn near his £3.5m home he shared with his wife after he went missing when £180m was wiped off his fund by coronavirus crash
- Guy Rushton, 36, was found in barn near his home in Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire
- Rushton had worked at Polar Capital – a London-based asset management firm
- His UK Absolute Equity Fund had lost more than a third of its value in March
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An award-winning fund manager has been found dead near his £3.5million home after he went missing.
Guy Rushton, 36, who was married, was found in a barn near his house in Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire, hours after being classified as missing on May 22.
Rushton worked at Polar Capital, a London-based asset management firm, and had won industry awards, including fund manager of the year in 2018.
His UK Absolute Equity Fund had lost more than a third of its value – around £180million – in March, as global stock markets took a huge hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Guy Rushton, 36, (pictured) who was married, was found in a barn near his house in Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire, hours after being classified as missing on May 22
The award-winning fund manager was found dead near his £3.5million home (pictured) after he went missing
Last month his company announced he was unwell and that his £292million fund – launched in 2014 when he joined the firm – would be wound up as he was unable to return to work, according to The Times.
A letter to investors from Polar Capital on April 15 said: ‘The decision to terminate the fund has been prompted by the poor health of the individual fund manager.’ The company added that his illness was not coronavirus.
An inquest into his death began last week and Wiltshire police said that there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Rushton had a reputation as one of the most prolific talents in the sector and colleagues last night said that they had lost ‘not only a passionate investor and good-humoured colleague but also a dear friend’.
A company spokeswoman added: ‘Guy Rushton’s family informed us that Guy had sadly died. Our thoughts are with his family, to whom we express our deepest condolences.’
At the start of this year he and his wife, Alannah, bought a £3.5million manor in Alvediston, Wiltshire, (pictured) which came with 130 acres of land
It is understood that he was on sick leave at the time of his death, and had not been furloughed or made redundant.
Rushton went to St Peter’s School in York, an independent boarding school, before attending Cambridge University were he graduated with a medical and veterinary sciences degree in 2005, having specialised in neuroscience.
At the start of this year he and his wife, Alannah, who had been married for five years, bought a £3.5million manor in Alvediston, Wiltshire, which came with 130 acres of land.
It comes as mental health charities have urged the government to act to prevent an increase in suicides during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 500,000 people have accessed a suicide prevention course in the first three weeks of this month alone, according to the Zero Suicide Alliance.
During the last financial crisis Wall Street and the City of London witnessed a spike in suicides as the banking sector was crippled due to uncertainty.
For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details