In connection with the 150th Anniversary Campaign, the College may appoint benefactors of exceptional munificence as 1869 Fellow Benefactors.
Ken Olisa OBE (Natural Sciences, SPS and Management 1971) and his wife Julia (Homerton College) made gifts of over £2 million to support the College’s new Library & IT Centre – which will be known as 'The Olisa Library'. Ken started his career with IBM and Wang before setting up listed technology merchant bank Interregnum and – more recently – Restoration Partners.
Peter Selman (Economics 1991) made a gift of £1 million, split between bursaries to support undergraduates of limited means who might otherwise be discouraged from applying to the University, and teaching in Economics. Peter, who is co-head of Global Equity Derivatives Trading at Goldman Sachs in New York, made the gift through their donor-advised fund.
Xiaoyang Xie (Engineering 2006) donated US $1.4 million in 2016, the majority of which was allocated to support Engineering students through the Fitzwilliam Engineers' Fund. The remainder was allocated towards general College use. After working in high frequency trading in London, Xiaoyang established hedge fund TianYan Capital in Shanghai.