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Our Story so Far

The LF Blue Whale Growth fund is now three years old. When setting up Blue Whale we knew getting the Fund off the ground was going to be a challenge, however, we could not have predicted what a baptism by fire the first four years would be.  

Contending with a protracted Brexit negotiation, a US/China trade war and, more recently, global pandemic, has undoubtedly been a test of our process, but it is one that we have relished.   

We believe the structure of Blue Whale, and the unique decisions made over how we set up the business has a lot to do with our success over this first three years.   

I often get asked why I wanted to set up my own asset management firm rather than work for an existing one. The answer to this lies in my belief that an asset manager as owner can make key decisions over the resource and staffing of the investment team, is in control of the longevity of the investment team and has a close relationship with the investors; all of which are crucial ingredients for success.   

When Peter Hargreaves and I started Blue Whale Capital, we wanted the clear focus of our flagship Blue Whale Growth Fund to be outperformance in the global sector. In order to achieve this, it was clear we needed to dedicate significant resource to the investment team from day one. With five people focused on one fund, this means we offer one of the best resourced options for a fund of our size in the UK (currently c.£1 billion). In maintaining such a well resourced investment team we are making a large commitment as a young business, but it is one I believe will be rewarded in the long term. We will continue to invest in our people and team as the Fund grows.  

As Chief Investment Officer and founder of Blue Whale Capital at 43 years old, investors can rest assured I will be here for the long term! And with an average age of the team of just 35, we believe we have many years together running the LF Blue Whale Growth Fund.  

My co-founder, Peter Hargreaves, takes much comfort from this. As our largest single investor, he has put much of his family’s wealth into the LF Blue Whale Growth Fund. Knowing that the management team is unlikely to change significantly over the long term is of utmost importance to him. 

We try to be as open as possible, running regular video Q&A’s and providing investors and interested parties with a monthly update via email. We are always open to feedback as we strongly believe this helps us better serve UK savers and pensioners as one of the best global funds in the country.

We enjoyed our first three years and, with our track record of outperformance and engagement with investors, we have been entrusted with more than £1 billion from investors. The first three years were never going to be easy, but dealing with adverse market conditions has given us the opportunity to stress-test and refine our investment process. We may now be celebrating our third birthday, but in my eyes, we are only just getting started… 


Blue Whale Beginnings

‘Eureka’ moments come rarely, but to get two in one lifetime is almost unheard of. Peter Hargreaves, co-founder of personal finance blue-chip, Hargreaves Lansdown, is lucky enough to have been in such a position.

The first Eureka moment was when he got the first batch of cheques through his front door from his first ever Hargreaves Lansdown mailing. Reportedly he threw them in the air and exclaimed to himself ‘I am going to be a millionaire’. He wasn’t wrong. From this point on he made it his life’s mission to champion the consumer in the personal finance market, tear down the walls of stuffy, jargon talking establishments and take the lazy life companies-of-old to task on their charges, lack of transparency and elitist behaviour.

But, having stepped back from Hargreaves Lansdown, Peter was lucky to have a second Eureka moment, when Stephen Yiu – a one-time employee at Hargreaves Lansdown – approached Peter with an idea of setting up a new asset management company, one which also challenged the status quo in the investment management industry. This company is Blue Whale.

It was somewhat fortuitous for both parties involved. Peter, who has long held Stephen Yiu in high regard, was looking for an international fund in which to invest a large portion of his family’s wealth. Stephen was looking for an investor in his new company, and ultimately into his fund.

Having known Stephen for 15 years, it was a simple decision to make. But why Blue Whale and why Stephen Yiu? Well, put simply, the trust Peter has in Stephen is unparalleled. Not only does he implicitly trust Stephen’s talent as a fund manager, but he also believes he will ‘work his socks off’ for the fund – being someone Peter remembers as ‘one of the hardest working individuals I came across in my 45 years in business’. The investment approach Stephen employs has been tried and tested at his previous places of employment, including the hugely successful Nevsky Fund run by Martin Taylor.


Please note that the information provided in this article is not to be construed as advice and any views we express on holdings do not constitute investment recommendations and must not be viewed as such. If you are unsure as to the suitability of an investment for your circumstances, please seek independent financial advice. Investments can go down in value as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. Your capital is at risk. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.