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Top ESG Manager Is a Philosophy Graduate With Outsized Returns

Storebrand fund ranks as the best performer of Europe’s highest-graded climate funds

Philip Ripman in Oslo, March 6.
Philip Ripman in Oslo, March 6.Photographer: Kyrre Lien/Bloomberg

One of the highest-ranked money managers in the world of ethical investing never expected to work in finance.

Philip Ripman, a 39-year-old Scottish Norwegian who studied Chinese and political philosophy, says he’s grateful to his employer -- Storebrand Asset Management -- for giving an outsider a chance.