Hot 100 - #6 Jason Kow, Chief Executive Officer, Queensgate Investments

Property Week

Property Week: 20 July 2012

Starting up on your own, with £500m of equity in the middle of a double-dip recession, is no mean feat. Kow launched Queensgate Investments, a private equity real estate fund manager, in April this year. The former head of special situations at London & Regional Properties raised the equity from wealthy families, and, with debt, has £1bn to spend on property in the UK and Europe.

Kow began his assault on property as a banker at DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, before joining the Livingstone brothers at London & Regional.

Kow says going it alone was “extremely scary”, and he has the greatest respect for Ian and Richard, having “learnt everything from them”.

The 32-year-old is “too busy” for a social life, but enjoys sports, although needs to improve his golf.