James Slater

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Biographical Information (2008)

"James Slater is a Chartered Accountant. Early in his career he was General Manager of a group of metal finishing companies, and a director of AEC Ltd. From 1961 to 1963 he was Deputy Sales Director of the Leyland Motor Corporation and subsequently became a non-executive director from 1969 to 1975. From 1964 to 1975, Mr. Slater was Chairman of Slater Walker Securities, which began as a small company with limited operations and grew into a substantial industrial conglomerate. In 1969, it developed into an investment bank, which subsequently became a victim of the 1974/1975 secondary banking crisis. Since 1976, he has been a professional investor in both equity markets and property. In 1982, he was one of the founders of Centennial Minerals Ltd and helped to negotiate the Montana Tunnels deal. Mr. Slater has written several best-selling investment books and also devised REFS (the leading monthly investment statistical guide in the U.K.) with publisher Hemmington Scott. "[1] wiki

In 1964 he started an investment company with Peter Walker, a Tory MP, called Slater Walker—in reality an authorized bank. He performed what became known as corporate raids on public companies. He was a friend and business associate of James Goldsmith.

In his later years he "wrote to Nigel Lawson, who was at the time the City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He thought my ideas had merit, and asked me to write a column each month under the pseudonym of ‘Capitalist’." [1]


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  1. Galahad Gold Archived Page, organizational web page, accessed May 22, 2013.