Mr. Ernest Boles

Mr. Ernest Boles

Vice Chairman, HQ Capital

Ernest Boles is Vice Chairman of HQ Capital, a global independent alternative asset management business focused on investing in private equity and real estate.

Ernest joined the HQ Group in 2007 as a Managing Director of the Harald Quandt Holding.  In this role, he led and developed the Group’s US-based private equity and real estate businesses as CEO and Board Director for almost a decade.  In 2015, Ernest spearheaded the combination and rebranding of these alternative asset businesses, including the Group’s private equity mid-cap buyout firm focused on direct investments in the DACH region, to create HQ Capital with assets under management of currently more than USD11 billion.  He also was active in the establishment and development of HQ Trust, the Group’s multi-family office and investment management business with assets under management currently of more than USD10 billion.

Prior to joining HQ Capital, Ernest held senior positions in leading global financial institutions, including serving as CIO for Citi’s European Wealth Management Division, as Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s European Wealth Management Division and as CEO of Bank Morgan Stanley AG.  Prior to his career in banking, he practiced international tax law in New York.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Ernest earned a Dr. jur degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law.