Omega to host tribute to George Vassos


The late George Vassos

Omega Global Investors (Omega) will host a February tribute to its co-founder and former managing director, Mr George Vassos, and all the money raised will support the Rare Cancers Australia charity.

George passed away in December 2016 from cancer aged just 46 years. He was survived by his wife Shannon and three young daughters. A tribute and celebration of George’s life will be held on 6 February 2018 at the offices of PwC in Melbourne.

Mr Vassos was a co-founder and former managing director of Omega Global Investors, a $4 billion Melbourne-based global investment manager launched in 2008 by Andrew Gruskin, Mathew McCrum and George Vassos.
Mr McCrum said George will be remembered as a committed family man, a trusted mentor and business partner and an important figure in the Australian financial services industry.

“George will be remembered as a loved and valued member of the broader community and as a role model for professionalism and integrity in the funds management sector. This event will commemorate his life’s achievements and celebrate his memory,” said Mr McCrum.

“All funds raised from the tribute will go to support Rare Cancers Australia, a charity close to George’s heart. George believed strongly in bringing people together to make a difference in the community,” said Mr McCrum.
Prior to co-founding Omega, Mr Vassos was employed for several years at Vanguard in Melbourne, where he helped to establish the fund manager’s relationships with financial advisors and others in the financial community. Vanguard has created an internal award in Mr Vassos’s name in recognition of his contribution to the Australian funds management industry. Before Vanguard, Mr Vassos also spent several years employed with the Colonial Group.

Tickets to the tribute are available for $150 per person and bookings can be made here. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails and canapes. Two-time Paralympian Kelly Cartwright will speak at the event. A silent auction will be conducted and raffles sold and all proceeds will be donated to Rare Cancers Australia.

SuperEd, the leading digital advice provider, and its Co-Founder, Jeremy Duffield, are also sponsoring the event.  Jeremy was Founding Managing Director of Vanguard Investments Australia when George joined. “I remember George fondly for his effervescence and drive, which helped the firm establish a beachhead in a new market for us. He was great as part of our team. We’re pleased to support this benefit for Rare Cancers Australia in remembrance of George.”

Andrew Gruskin, fellow co-founder, said George’s legacy would be long lasting. “Despite his absence, we are determined to carry forward the legacy and influence of George. The event will honour George, his family and his life.”

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