Saturday, July 24, 1999 Published at 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
City 'superwoman' tops investment table
Nicola Horlick: New business has made a flying start
Nicola Horlick has emerged as the most successful investment manager in the City - only six months after returning to work following the death of her eldest daughter.
The high flyer, who has been described as "superwoman" for juggling a large family and a lucrative financial career, beat 64 other fund managers to top the prestigious league tables, The Guardian reports.
Ms Horlick hit the headlines in 1997 when she was suspended by Morgan Grenfell for alleged disloyalty.
She flew to the company's headquarters in Germany, followed by newspaper photographers, as part of her campaign to get her job back.
In January, she launched the UK arm of Société Générale Asset Management (SGAM), which invests large sums for institutions such as pension funds.
Last November her 12-year-old daughter Georgina died of leukaemia, a disease she was diagnosed with at the age of two.
Ms Horlick and her husband Tim, another City banker have four younger children and are expecting another baby this summer.
The Guardian reports that she has helped to attract some £2.5bn of funds into the new business venture that she founded with her former colleagues Keith Percy and John Richards.
The league tables produced by Combined Actuarial Performance Services, are the first full year's figures to be published since SGAM was established.
For every pound they invested they earned 15.4p profit - 6.2p more than the average and 13p more than most building society accounts.
The paper reports that it is understood the group's record was boosted by selling shares in utility companies such as electricity and water firms when they were highly rated and buying others that looked likely to benefit most when stock markets recovered from the shock of the Russian debt default and the rescue of a huge hedge rescue fund.