BROKERS and A-list celebrities joined forces yesterday on the trading floor of BGC Partner’s Canary Wharf office to raise millions of pounds for several charities.
The trading spectacular, now in its eighth year, is held every 11 September to commemorate the 658 employees of BGC’s affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, Olympic hero Mo Farah and Hollywood icon Joan Collins were some of the famous faces on hand to help traders thrash out deals to raise money for good causes.
“Buy copper, buy diamonds,” Collins said, as she took to the phones to make a trade on the base metals desk. Hamilton, who was helping trade German bunds, said: “It’s incredible what everyone is doing. Let’s raise some more money.” The event was compered on the trading floor by the BGC’s indomitable partner David Buik, as traders, decked out in white Hackett polo shirts embossed with the BGC logo, jockeyed with celebrities to do deals. Lewis Hamilton and Mo Farah proved the most popular draw for the traders, as crowds gathered to watch the “Mobot”.