Richard Sharpe

Director, Investment

“The newest addition to the Richards of True, Sharpey’s experience, openness and enthusiasm are infectious — Qatar’s loss is London’s gain!’ — Catherine Pelton

Richard Sharpe

overview

Prior to joining True, Richard was a Director at Qatar Investment Authority, focusing on direct private equity investments into retail and consumer companies. Before QIA, Richard worked in mergers and acquisitions at Lazard in London.

meet Richard

Why did you choose True?

True, and the people at True, genuinely want to use their influence to make a positive impact on the world.

How would you describe your job to a five-year-old?

Buying and selling companies, and working with all sorts of different people to help build great companies.

What do you love most — and least — about your job?

I love the intellectual challenge and debate that comes with investing. I dislike the fact that working means that I cannot just endlessly read and travel.

Name an idea or company that reimagined a business or industry — one you wish you’d thought of.

What Amazon has done, and continues to do, with its relentless focus on the customer and innovation despite its size, is clearly impressive.

Which person or people helped shape and inspire who you are today?

There isn’t just one person. I try and take inspiration from many people, be they friends, family, colleagues or others.

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Richard’s expertise at True:

Richard only recently joined True and is leading the charge across various projects in the pipeline.

True stories featuring Richard

Events

Events, Reimagined

This October, our team was finally able to meet in person for a few fun-filled days of getting to know each other — and our new brand — a little better.

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News

True launches third PE fund: a huge milestone in our journey to reimagine PE.

Consumer specialists True scale their investment and innovation firm to more than £600m AUM in just five years – with the Covid downturn proving to be no barrier to performance.

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relevant people

Ejike Onuchukwu

Principal, Investment

“I first met Eji on a five-a-side football pitch. The bad news for him meant that we had high expectations. The good news is that he’s proven to be a brilliant addition to the team and an all-round great guy.”

Ejike Onuchukwu

Ben Kirby

Director, Investment

“Ben has great experience of investing in the consumer space across various stages of growth. By sharing these perspectives, he brings balance to our investment approach.”

Ben Kirby