Revealed: How Two Mysterious American Investment Gurus – One Known As & # 39; The Bond Prince & # 39; – secretly plowed millions of dollars into the GWS Giants after falling in love with the & # 39; team
- GWS Giants play the Richmond Tigers in Saturday's AFL grand final in the MCG
- Two US fund managers have emerged as major supporters of the Giants
- Marc Seidner and Dan Ivascyn work for the asset manager Pimco
- Mr. Ivascyn, who is from Boston and works from LA, is known as a & # 39; bond prince & # 39;
Daniel Ivascyn is an American & # 39; bond prince & # 39; who has invested millions of dollars in the GWS Giants
Two American investment gurus – one of them in the company known as a & # 39; bond prince & # 39; – have quietly deposited millions of their own dollars into the GWS Giants.
Bond traders Daniel Ivascyn and Marc Seidner, both directors of the global asset management company Pimco, will attend the AFL final on Saturday.
Mr Ivascyn, from Boston, and New York-based Mr Seidner will encourage the Giants if they compete in the MCG against Richmond in the MCG The Australian.
Together, the couple manage billions of dollars in investor funds, but their personal and financial interest in Australian Rules football is not widely known.
Mr. Ivascyn and Mr. Seidner were apparently introduced to the Giants by Pimco's Australian boss, Robert Mead, and Michael Hope of the Hunter Estate's Hope Estate winery, which also supports the club.
Mr. Ivascyn, who works from Los Angeles, allegedly manages more than $ 300 million for Pimco's income fund.
The Australian stated that he also supports sporting franchises in his hometown and international teams, including the Brazilian national football team.
US bond traders Daniel Ivascyn and Marc Seidner, both directors of the global asset management company Pimco, have fallen in love with AFL and the GWS Giants club
Dan Ivascyn, from Boston, and Marc Seidner from New York (photo) are supporters of the GWS Giants and will encourage the team when competing against the Richmond Tigers
Mr. Ivascyn and Mr. Seidner are said to have become close to Giants coach Leon Cameron, CEO Dave Matthews and President Tony Shepherd.
Mr. Shepherd said to the Australian: & # 39; It is important to say that they are engaged in sports philanthropy and stand on their own and not with their company's brand on it. & # 39;
& # 39; They have fallen in love with the game and with the team, and we are blessed that such people are involved with the Giants.
& # 39; They came to us, it was not a question of approaching us. They certainly do not want publicity. But they quickly became experts in the game. & # 39;
An AFL insider told the Australian that the pair were key members of a group of business supporters who contribute up to $ 2.5 million each year for naming rights at the club's home base Giants Stadium.
Mr Ivascyn has attended several AFL finals in recent years and is already in Melbourne for Saturday's match, where he will be accompanied by Mr Seidner.
Giant coach Leon Cameron waves during the big last parade in Melbourne on Friday. The American investment gurus Daniel Ivascyn and Marc Seidner have come close to Cameron
They would have visited the Giants up to six times a year and this season attended at least one of the club's finals.
Mr Mead & # 39; s association with the game came through Mr Hope and led him to invite the American executives of Pimco for an earlier AFL final.
An AFL source said that the Australian Mr. Ivascyn and Mr. Seidner were particularly attracted to the way the giants were completely rebuilt in a short time.
The Giants have their own exclusive supporter group called M7, including pub-baron Joel Fisher from Balmoral Hospitality Group and Chris Larsen from Ironbark Asset Management and Mr. Shepherd.
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