HAMBURG — In 2000, Lando Hoffman decided to start operating on financial markets; at that time he was 27 and had a PhD in Mathematical Sciences. The monetary union was already a fact. Germany was the engine of Europe and the works in progress were reshaping Berlin. Since then, Herr Hoffman’s career has coincided with a sudden ascent to the summit of the S***Group.
He was born in Dresden, in the German Democratic Republic, forty-three years ago, his father was an “administrative officer” of SED, the Socialist Unity Party and he moved to the West after the unification of Germany. The memory of the Democratic Republic faded soon. The West was the sole available option for the future. Hoffman started to study Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Cologne and obtained a full marks degree with a dissertation on Bond Fund Credit Rating, before devoting himself to research. When the new millennium started, his life changed completely: he decided to abandon his studies and entered one of the leading German insurance companies.
Nowadays, he is an influential figure of the financial community, able to combine deep analysis and profound knowledge of the so-called “street”, the word used by the operators to describe the exchange networks. On the walls of his office in Hamburg, there are two portraits that summarize the personality of this eccentric German professional: the portrait of Évariste Galois – French mathematician, theorist of the solvability of algebraic equations and passionate republican in the beginning of the 19th century – lies next to the picture of Willy Brandt, a social democratic burgomaster. Namely, they represent both intellectual passion and fondness for social-democracy.