I spent a few years investing in cow dung and garbage (“rubbish” to British readers).

For a few seconds there I was probably the financial markets world expert on financing rubbish and dung. Yay! Cow dung and rubbish when they decompose give off methane — a gas that is a major cause of climate change. We had a carbon credit system worldwide that London investors were expert on cashing in on. The methane from cow dung and garbage was collected and turned into renewable energy, sparing the earth’s atmosphere. The United then awarded you a carbon credit you could cash…


A friend sent me this article with the headline “Why Facebook Will Be the First to $1 Trillion” and asked me if I thought FB is a good buy. There is no doubt Facebook is a booming company. To what extent none of us, including the guy who wrote the article can predict. Here on my ‘back of the envelope, no calculations or financial gurus’ consulted thoughts.

The 2 questions I would ask myself are:

  1. What price am I paying for FB’s growth?
  2. How much of my overall investments should I have in FB?

Good questions to ask yourself anytime…


As a 24 year old I was desperate to move away from my parents in California — I was young and dumb and didn’t know what great weather I was leaving behind. I was good at programming and through some fluke I was handed a job at a then illustrious bank in the most exciting city in the world. Lehman Brothers, New York! A few days later I was standing at the bottom of a very tall New York skyscraper in a full blown icy gale in a hastily bought very un-California “suit”. …


It’s a sunny day, and the morning meeting turned into a coffee in a sunny outdoor cafe. Quick lunch with a colleague turned into sitting outside a cafe in the sunshine. I’m supposed to be home early, but guess what… I’ve just been invited to drinks outdoors…

Beautiful red brick buildings. The posh stores of Bond Street. Mayfair is where some of the world’s wealthiest buy their homes.

Now given that I will never live here — average house prices are £18 million — I’ll have to enjoy the surroundings during working hours. I could, however, own a teeny weeny…


I’m enjoying some full-blown sunshine in London. The children are finally being told to slather themselves in sunscreen, not that I take my own advice. Here’s a view of my garden:


Last year on one of the muggiest days of the year I was invited to a dinner by a non-profit I’m part of. I really didn’t want to go. London’s tube system is uncomfortably crowded most of the time and on a hot day it gets much worse. I was going to be a sweaty sardine. However, there was the bribe of food from Yotam Ottolenghi. The name might sound strange, but his food is delicious — he uses pomegranate, sesame, chickpeas and middle eastern spices to create uniquely tasty meals.

Having been sold on the menu, I hauled myself…


These days I’m working out of a fund manager friend’s office here in London. As quiet and nice as my home office is and as “entertaining” as my children are I do need to get into town and feel the “buzz” of finance in action. Mayfair is hedge fund central and I’m back amongst the traders and dealmakers and sharp suits. I love it — it suits me to come in once a week and then have the rest of the week to think about investing in my own time and my own way. This is the third time in…


So you want to start your own hedge fund…

Name: Firstly, you should come up with a solid name. Pirate themes are always popular — Corsair Capital, Galleon and so on. Many people use their own names — Paulson, Fisher. Slightly more creative is to put together an acronym from your children’s names. A surprisingly common tactic. The divorce rate is rather high amongst hedge fund managers, so best to avoid your spouse’s name. Many names seem to derive from a street that the founders have their offices, such as Pershing Square. …


I help organize events on behalf of my US university for alumni who now live in London. Talks by professors visiting the UK are always in demand, selling out in a few days. Theatre and opera events do quite well. Our annual whisky tasting, however, is by far the most popular, selling out in a few hours.

I’ve learned a thing or two about whisky at these tastings. The vast majority of whisky is blended — the master distillers carefully select from different casks and vintages. They attempt to marry together different characteristics to achieve an optimal whisky.

Even the…


I first encountered the concept of Qi as a student. Qi is the traditional Chinese medicine term for the circulating life force that flows energetically through us. I had been suffering from a persistent, hacking cough that lasted for weeks and was hanging out at a Chinese friend’s house finishing a school project. Her mother, a fierce lady, became tired of me coughing all over her house.

After a scolding lecture about my blocked Qi, she thumped me between the shoulder blades, punctured the same spot with some acupuncture needles and applied a patch of traditional Chinese herbs. …

Mallika Paulraj

Creator of The Superinvestar Framework | Author of How the Best Invest — Make Confident Decisions Like the Investing Superstars

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