James is one of the UK’s most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs. His business ethos is defined by the concept of partnership, collaboration and the importance of human capital, which he applies to 90 North by encouraging the establishment of strategic partnerships and selection of exemplary team members.
His career trajectory started in the recruitment industry, which included the global success of his companies, Alexander Mann Group and Humana International. He has been building businesses and investing in real estate and private equity ever since. In 2004 he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw based in London’s Mayfair, which specialises in buyouts, venture capital, real estate and now manages a portfolio of over 40 companies. It’s property division, HB Real Estate, targets investments in prime London residential and commercial real estate assets. As well as Group real estate investments across Central London, HB Real Estate is currently making acquisitions for a £100,000,000 prime London residential fund.
In 2007 James joined the panel of the hit BBC television show Dragons’ Den, where he invested in 14 companies and committed over £1m of investment. As well as regularly being a keynote speaker and panellist at business and real estate conferences globally, James supports a variety of UK Government initiatives including The Entrepreneur’s Forum which launched this year, and was selected by the Government to join a panel of entrepreneurs meeting regularly to debate their views on enterprise policy.
James is heavily involved with charity and set up The James Caan Foundation predominantly to help underprivileged children get access to education. His recent ‘Build-a-Village’ campaign has helped raise money for the flood victims of Pakistan and continues to reach out to those who have been affected by the devastation.
James’ links with the Gulf are well established, both commercially and personally, with James regularly visiting his Gulf residence to visit friends and fellow investors in the region.