The founder of Fort Lauderdale-centered GQG Associates is recognized for earning significant investments in aged-faculty industries like oil and tobacco. His most recent bet—on the ports-to-power conglomerate Adani Group—might be his most daring however.

On Thursday, Indian billionaire Gautam Adani eventually obtained some very good information. Following months of cratering share prices in the publicly traded corporations in his Adani Group conglomerate—largely brought on by the launch of U.S. small-vendor Hindenburg Research’s scathing report on January 24—the group announced a $1.9 billion expenditure in 4 of its community organizations. The offer led to a stock rally that boosted Gautam Adani’s internet truly worth by $3.8 billion to $42.7 billion on Friday, nonetheless nonetheless a extensive way from his peak of $158 billion very last September.

The male at the rear of that offer is Rajiv Jain, the 55-12 months-previous founder, chairman and main investment decision officer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based asset administration agency GQG Associates. Like Adani, he’s also a billionaire. According to GQG’s filings on the Australian Inventory Exchange, the place it went public in October 2021, Jain owns 69% of the company—a stake truly worth roughly $2 billion. A spokesperson for GQG did not quickly respond to a request for remark.

Jain started GQG in 2016 and has developed it to $92 billion in belongings under administration, with various cash that maintain large positions in oil producers ExxonMobil and Petrobras, as perfectly as tobacco giants Philip Morris and British American Tobacco. If it weren’t for the latest sector rout in Adani Group providers, his wager on a ports-to-electricity conglomerate would not appear out of put among the the other corporations that GQG generally invests in.

GQG obtained stakes in four Adani businesses: Adani Ports, Adani Environmentally friendly Electricity, Adani Transmission and Adani Enterprises, in accordance to a assertion from Adani Team. All four shares rallied on Friday after the deal was announced, with the flagship Adani Enterprises soaring 17%, a stark contrast from weeks of stock price tag declines pushed by the Hindenburg report. Jain’s business invested in the Adani organizations on behalf of many pension cash and institutional customers, which includes practically $480 million by its Goldman Sachs GQG Partners Intercontinental Chances Fund, a $25 billion (property less than management) fund that GQG manages on behalf of Goldman Sachs’ asset administration arm

“I am enthusiastic to have initiated positions in the Adani corporations. Adani providers individual and operate some of the biggest and most critical infrastructure assets in the course of India and all around the world,” Jain said in a assertion saying the offer. “Gautam Adani is extensively regarded as among the finest entrepreneurs of his era.”

On Wednesday, India’s supreme court docket questioned the country’s stock market place regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), to open an investigation into the Adani Group to appear into allegations of inventory manipulation and failures to disclose transactions with relevant get-togethers. Forbes earlier claimed on numerous transactions involving offshore resources in Singapore and Cyprus with ties to Vinod Adani, Gautam’s elder brother, that show up intended to gain the Adani Group and lend additional credence to Hindenburg’s allegations of hidden leverage and accounting irregularities within just the Adani Team.

The Adani Team has denied all wrongdoing. “The Adani Group welcomes the purchase of the honorable Supreme Court,” Gautam Adani explained in a tweet on Thursday. “It will carry finality in a time certain way. Truth of the matter will prevail.”

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Born in India, Jain studied accounting at Panjab College in the Indian city of Chandigarh and later on gained a master’s in finance at the University of Ajmer, just before leaving to go after an M.B.A. in finance and intercontinental business enterprise at the University of Miami. He then worked as an international equity analyst at Swiss Lender Corporation right before leaving to be part of Swiss asset manager Vontobel in November 1994, as a co-portfolio manager of emerging markets and worldwide equities. Several promotions later, he turned Vontobel’s chief expenditure officer in 2002 and was later tapped as co-CEO in 2014. Throughout his time at Vontobel, he served mature the firm’s assets less than administration from a lot less than $400 million to virtually $50 billion.

Two several years later on, he left Vontobel to start GQG Partners in Florida. At GQG, he’s turn out to be regarded for focusing on companies’ earnings rather than pursuing the hottest trends in the market—a point borne out by his funds’ big positions in power, mining, tobacco, client items, healthcare and banking. (The only tech enterprise Forbes determined in GQG’s fund disclosures was Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC.)

“We believe that earnings travel inventory charges, the current market features very minimal prospects to build an data benefit, and investors are disproportionately targeted on the small term,” Jain mentioned in a July 2022 job interview with Toronto-dependent Bridgehouse Asset Managers. “Our core valuation philosophy generates an financial commitment model that we explain as shopping for high-high quality, sustainable organizations at sensible selling prices.”

With GQG’s $1.9 billion financial investment, Jain has wagered that inspite of Hindenburg’s allegations of stock manipulation and accounting fraud—which the Adani Team has denied—the Adani corporations are a fantastic guess, at a considerably lower selling price than their peak very last 12 months. “We consider that the very long-term development potential customers for [the Adani] organizations are significant,” Jain added in the deal announcement.

Other than its bet on the Adani Group, GQG also invests in quite a few other Indian businesses: 34% of its $9.9 billion rising markets equity fund is invested in India, far more than any other nation. Individuals contain Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance conglomerate and the Condition Lender of India, as effectively as housing finance supplier Housing Growth Finance Corp, ICICI Financial institution and Kolkata-based mostly conglomerate ITC. And at the very least five GQG money hold positions in French electrical power big TotalEnergies, which owns a 37.4% stake in Adani Complete Gasoline and a 20% stake in Adani Eco-friendly Energy—which, as Forbes earlier described, was obtained from Mauritius-based mostly corporations managed by Vinod Adani for $2 billion in 2021. (The price tag rally spurred by GQG’s investment in the Adani businesses lifted Vinod’s approximated net really worth by 12% to approximately $9 billion.)

Outdoors of his investments, Jain has also backed Democrats in the U.S. Forbes identified that Jain contributed $81,600 to Democratic presidential and congressional candidates among 2012 and 2016, according to Federal Election Fee information. In the 2016 primaries, Jain decided to hedge his bets: he donated $2,700 to Hillary Clinton and $1,000 to Bernie Sanders.

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Supplemental reporting by John Hyatt.