Mark O’Hare is Founder and Chief Executive of Preqin, the alternative assets information service. Preqin provides extensive research and data on the entire global alternative assets industry, covering private equity, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources. Preqin is an independent business with over 300 staff based in London, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Manila, providing market-leading online and hard copy data services to many of the world’s leading institutional investors, money managers and advisors. Preqin’s online databases are used by over 12,000 customers in 94 countries worldwide. In addition, over 60,000 industry professionals receive Preqin’s newsletters and research reports every month. Preqin tracks fund returns, fundraising information, fund terms and conditions, profiles of the GPs running the funds, and the LPs investing in them. Preqin’s databases also cover buyout, venture capital and infrastructure deals globally.
Before Preqin, Mark’s initial career was as a Manager with Boston Consulting Group, where he advised clients in Europe, the US and Africa, across several industries including financial services, healthcare, retail, industrial and consumer products. Following BCG he founded Goodall Alexander O’Hare & Co, an independent strategy consulting firm. In 1993 he founded Citywatch, the UK’s leading shareholder information service, which was acquired by Reuters in 1998, and now provides a global service on the ownership of listed equities. Mark studied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge University, where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the Stokes Prize. He represented his college 1st VIII in rowing. Subsequent to this he studied Finance at London Business School.