After completing his MBA at Birmingham University in 1993, Simon joined the corporate finance team at Singer & Friedlander working on small and mid-cap mergers and acquisitions. In 1997, he joined the senior banker team at ABN AMRO before moving into their corporate finance department in 1999, where he specialised in private equity. He then became head of investment management at Strutt & Parker’s Real Estate Financial Services before becoming a director of Topland, one of Europe’s largest private investment companies.
In 2008, he set up Brookville Capital, a capital-raising business which subsequently won mandates with, amongst others, Bunge, the Bank of China (Suisse) and Fleming Family & Partners. Brookville provides him with daily contact with institutions such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks and family offices seeking to deploy capital in real assets such as agriculture and gold. He’s also a consultant to Ingard Independent Financial Management, advising them on precious metals as well as being the UK agent for SA Bullion, a Krugerrand distributor for Rand Refinery, one of the world’s largest gold refineries. Simon wrote for MoneyWeek Magazine and now works with Jim Rickards on Agora Financial's Gold Speculator investment service.