Bernard Kantor stepped down as Group Managing Director of the Investec Group in 2019, having co-founded the bank 40 years earlier. Under his leadership it grew to more than 10,000 staff worldwide in 14 countries and with more than $200 billion of funds under management. He drove the building of the Investec brand through extensive sponsorship activities particularly in horse racing (the Investec Derby), football (Tottenham Hotspur), cricket (the England home tests), rugby (the autumn internationals) and the England women’s hockey team. Investec also supported charity and the arts organisations, such as the music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins and the Holland Park Opera.