Latest Photos

Author Archive

Shocking Atrocities in Paris

I don’t usually blog anything – preferring to tweet my thoughts, but I think I may blog more often now that I have this platform to do it from (Thanks to Keith Martinez for setting this up for me). I was really shocked about the shootings in Paris, France – and I think the world has gone completely mad! I mean, 9/11 was really bad and although this doesn’t compare, it is no less upsetting and deplorable than every other terrorist attack around the globe. This may have been aimed at a satirical news outfit with religious motives, but whats to stop anyone attacking the office of a company who does something an individual or group of individuals disagree with or take offense too? For example, take the fairly recent banking crisis (Yes – I know if has nothing to do with this, but bare with me and as Robert Agostinelli is in Finance and Rhone has an office in Paris – it is sort of relevant…). You don’t need religion and ‘killing in the name of’ to go ‘postal’. An individual (Or group of) could have been deeply affected by that financial issue, taken up arms, stormed an office and shot everyone – because they were offended by the actions of others. The events in Paris are exactly that – Individuals have been offended by the actions of others, with the added variable of using religion as a means to justify their endeavor. It really does sicken me. And while my example of a financial crisis causing enough distress to drive someone to mass shooting is not comparable to the Paris event or possibly any other terrorist related even, the point I am trying to make is that it doesn’t seem to take much these days for someone to go on a killing spree – regardless of the catalyst.

Posted in Blog

Continue Reading

Friends of Israel Initiative Quote

Found this on the site Friends of Israel Initiative, Where RA is a founder member (You can also follow them on Twitter here)
Israel is a fundamentally important part of the Western world. It is a democracy under fire, and we must be resolute in defense of its legitimacy. Robert Agostinelli
The organisation says this about itself:
Under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar a high level group met in Paris in the middle of 2010 to launch a new project in defense of Israel’s right to exist.

This doesn’t have anything to do with finance, and probably wont even get a mention in my work, but understanding the man, might help me understand how that much money can be made… and what to do with it afterwards! – CA

Posted in Blog

Continue Reading

Rhone Group – Preqin:Most Consistent Performing Private Equity Fund Managers in 2014

Rhone Group

Rhone Group

Prequin

Prequin

Rhone Group – Preqin Announces the Most Consistent Performing Private Equity Fund Managers in 2014

Now this should help me a lot as Robert is the Managing Director of Rhone. – CA

Extract: Key Findings:
  • Four buyout managers achieved the best possible score of 1.00: Altor, based in Sweden, and Rhone Capital, Trilantic Capital Partners and Wynnchurch Capital Partners, all of which are based in the US. Rhone Capital and Trilantic Capital Partners are new entries to the league table this year.
  •  Five venture capital fund managers have achieved the best score of 1.00: Pittsford Ventures Management,Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital, OrbiMed Advisors and Union Square Ventures, all of which areheadquartered in the US. Union Square Ventures is a new entry in 2014.
  • Only one fund of funds manager has achieved the best average score of 1.00 in 2014: Nordea Private Equity based in Denmark. The manager is advised by North Sea Capital Copenhagen.

Link to PDF: https://www.preqin.com/docs/press/Consistent-PE-14.pdf

Continue Reading

The C Group – Paul’s Sherpa Appeal

Paul’s Sherpa AppealPaul’s Sherpa Appeal

Paul’s Sherpa Appeal

Paul’s Sherpa Appeal

Please help us support our great friend and C Group supporter on his latest trek up the Himalayan Mountains as he and his team battle the elements to raise awareness and funds for a much needed cause. Paul is a former Royal Marines Mountain Leader and now runs Wilderness Solutions, offering fantastic Adventure Experiences around the globe. Paul has very kindly taken injured Royal Marines with him on these trips, and they find the challenge a huge boost to their recovery, putting themselves out of their comfort zone at a time when they really would rather not. However for this particular trip, Paul, who is on course to reach the Everest Base Camp tomorrow (Thursday 13th Nov) is raising funds for another cause – the Sherpas in the Everest region, who saw 16 men from their community, tragically swept away in an Avalanche in April. All funds raised will go to the women and children left behind, as their survival is far from guaranteed. The Sherpas have supported Britain for centuries and now Paul wants to give something back. Please take a few moments to look at his fundraising page and give what little you can: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/www.wilderness-solutions.co.uk

Posted in Uncategorised

Continue Reading

Slow progress

Whilst I research Robert Agostinelli, it’s proving to be hard work. Yes, there is a lot out there on the man, but so much of it is duplicated around the internet. Just when I think I’ve found something new – it turns out to be a reworded article written about the same subject on another site. I think I’ll hit the Galleria today. Maybe the mall will be a welcome distraction.

Posted in Blog

Continue Reading

We Are Out of Tomorrows: Tough Talk by Robert Agostinelli

I found this on the net after some searching. – CA

After Mr. Obama delivered his second inaugural address week before last, it has been dawning on people that his political strategy is that of the Thunderdome in Mel Gibson’s Mad Max 3 movie: “Two men enter, one man leaves.” He is totally win/lose, the total antithesis of win/win.From Mau-Mau tautology mixed with Marxist ideals inbred from his absent father and a mother enriched in the heresies of the deep left Communism of Frank Marshall Davis, this man has unfurled his true colors.Unbridled by the need to appear moderate for his next campaign, “the One” has declared war on anything or anyone who would stand in the way of his Progressive radical agenda.

Yes, Saul Alinsky’s hand can be seen everywhere along with Chicago thuggery, but there is much more.

The guardian angel of the Progressive school as pronounced by Alinsky is Lucifer – “Rulesfor Radicals” is dedicatedto him — the first pure rebel from God and his natural laws which abuts our Judeo-Christian ethic and are the predicate to our most sacred documents of individual freedom.

It is here that Mr. Obama has taken league and sword to all that would “stand athwart history” and challenge the warped manifest destiny of his twisted manifesto that has driven every socialist tyrant who has ever challenged freedom.

In this school, intolerance is mandatory for it is the front line of the zeal of rearranged utopia. It is unquestioned, for to do so would expose the fault lines and inherent lie for what it is.

Political Correctness is the pincers head of this intolerance. It shreds our values, questions our origins and speaks of a modernity which is a mere veil for the crooked, indeed evil, root of the radical.

Obama bears witness to this blasphemy — from the infamous 2010 State of the Union address where he challenged the Supremes with lie and insult, to the latest excuse for an inauguration speech where he inverted our history deeming the Progressive dream of centralization and role of the government to be the parent and protector of the individual.

Under this thesis the individual rather than free is only “liberated” when he is duly tamed, corrected and led by a higher elite all-knowing body.

Hence the difficulty with God, the Constitution, and of course “those Republicans” who are errant pretenders from the wing span of the new order.

Having been raised to respect the opposition and loath to attribute the most extreme intent of the Obamanistas, Republicans sought to seek common ground and “work ” with the Executive They ignored the evidence and rationalized it as a mere product of a left-leaning exaggeration that could be corrected.

They were negotiating with themselves.

From an intentional defrocking of our nation through a foreign policy of surrender and embracing of our enemies to a domestic policy bent on reordering the relationship of the individual and “our” government, we have been bystanders to a game of which no one wanted to dare affirm its existence.

In his first inauguration speech four years ago, he spoke of “reconciliation” with regard to spending and taxes only, outmaneuvering the gullible minority to extract high tax increases while increasing spending.

Within a breath of that victory, he willed that we had no spending or debt problem but a healthcare problem when every fact contradicts the insanity of Obamacare.

He now twists the concepts of legislative spending with our national debt as if both are undeniable and insulated from reproach. It is a lie. Our national debt service will be paid even if the debt ceiling is held.

The Republicans have one and only one way forward; a fight based on principles and a denial of every crude attempt to usurp our freedom and bankrupt our house.

The clarion call is now. We are out of tomorrows.

Robert F. Agostinelli is co-founder of The Rhone Group, a private equity firm based in Paris, London, and New York. He is listed among “The World’s Billionaires” by Forbes.

Posted in Blog

Continue Reading

C Group – Inspiring business to support Royal Marines in need

 
The C Group

C Group

Our purpose

The C Group is a Royal Marines charity that inspires business to support Royal Marines in need whilst they are serving, in transition to civilian life and thereafter. We aspire to:
  • Support any Royal Marine whose military career has ended prematurely due to injury, however the injury was incurred.
  • Support serving and former Royal Marines, their families and dependants who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.
  • Assist serving and former Royal Marines to resettle into civilian life.
  • Supporting injured Royal Marines in their transition to civilian life, to pursue challenging and enduring careers in business.
  • Providing bespoke, money can’t buy experiences for business, for leadership, team building or pure adrenalin laced recreation.
  • Supporting serving and former Royal Marines in Need, creating opportunities to overcome adversity through business networks.
  • Connecting the Royal Marines with the Business Community to unify their respective interests and meet future aspirations.
  • Recruiting former Royal Marines for the Business Community, at no cost, providing access to exceptional, motivated personnel.
  • Delivering exceptional networking and fundraising events to connect the Royal Marines and the Business Community.

Posted in Uncategorised

Continue Reading

Friends of Israel Initiative

Robert Agostinelli and the Friends of Israel Initiative

Robert Agostinelli and the Friends of Israel Initiative

Under the leadership of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar a high level group met in Paris in the middle of 2010 to launch a new project in defense of Israel’s right to exist. This “Friends of Israel Initiative” has been joined by such notable figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate David Trimble, Peru’s former president Alejandro Toledo, Italian philosopher Marcello Pera, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, British historian Andrew Roberts, and others. Their key aim is to counter the growing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders. This Initiative arises out of a sense of deep concern about the unprecedented campaign of deligitimation against Israel waged by the enemies of the Jewish State and, perversely, supported by numerous international institutions. This Initiative differs from previous such ventures primarily in that it is being led by people who are not Jewish and whose motivations are based on the firm conviction that Israel is part of the Western world. Indeed, the sponsors of this initiative are convinced that Israel is of fundamental importance to the future of the West. Although the peace process is important, the members of the Friends of Israel Initiative are even more concerned about the onslaught of radical Islamism as well as the specter of a nuclear Iran, both of which threaten the entire world. The Friends of Israel Initiative is committed to act consistently and diligently in its effort to disseminate its members’ vision of Israel as a democratic, open, and advanced nation like any other, and that it should be perceived and treated as such. Israel is a sovereign democracy which like all the others is, of course, capable of making mistakes. Nonetheless, this should not be used as an excuse to question Israel’s right to exist, its legitimacy, or its basic rights as an independent state. Israel is an inextricable part of the West. We stand or fall together.

Continue Reading

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Robert Agostinelli and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Since 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has been Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. The Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Scholarship Foundation pays particular attention to those students whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat or has demonstrated financial need.
  • 52 Years of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.
  • 2194 Students awarded for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Nearly $90M In value of scholarship funds awarded since 1962.
  • 50% Of students are first-generation college students.
  • $3K Average scholarship awarded for 2014-2015.
  • 86% Graduate from their degree program, more than double the national average.

Continue Reading