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Financiers need "bit of gray hair" and long track record to go at it alone

When bank CEOs, heads of equities and stockbrokers quit high-salary roles for the life of an entrepreneur, it is often the dream of building their own business that drives them. But making the leap is not without its challenges.

Jan Severin Sølbæk (left) and Brian Budsk (right) founded Artha almost a decade ago. Their resumés counts, among other things, management positions at Alm. Brand Bank, Finansbanken and Proviso. | Photo: Artha PR

The life of an entrepreneur can be unpredictable, challenging and exhausting — but that has not stopped several individuals with deep roots in financial markets from starting their own asset management businesses.

One of them is Robert Thiesen. Having a background with Danish bank Danske Bank, Thiesen went on in 2000 to found the asset management firm Dansk FI.

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