Tributes pour in for 'industry legend' Bill Vasilieff


People have expressed their admiration for Bill Vasilieff, the remarkable founder of Novia, who passed away without warning on Sunday (November 19) at the age of 68.

At the start of this year, Vasilieff made a comeback to the field by accepting the position of chairperson for the UK branch of Söderberg & Partners, a Swedish company specializing in financial management.

The company expressed that Bill was a genuine trailblazer and a visionary in the financial industry. His influence and reach were enormous, and he had a dedicated work ethic that spanned several decades and numerous sectors.

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Although he was undoubtedly an icon in his field, his real love and motivation were his loved ones, whom he always prioritized. He is survived by his spouse, son, and daughter.

Vasilieff supported Bath Rugby all his life and collected a substantial amount of money for the Bath Rugby Foundation throughout the years.

Novia changed the name of Wealthtime and showed respect to its originator by sending condolences to his loved ones.

According to Wealthtime, Bill was a pioneer in the creation of modern-day platforms. He dedicated himself to building Novia, transforming it into an exceptional business, and for that, we are deeply thankful. He will undoubtedly be deeply missed by everyone in the industry.

Besides his success in business, he was genuinely a great person and his absence will be deeply felt.

Vasilieff got a compliment from Mark Polson who is Lang Cat's founder and CEO. Polson said that Vasilieff is an amazing personality.

He expressed that individuals who have been engaged in platforms for almost 20 years have gained significant knowledge from Bill, whether they were aware of it or not.

In Scottish language, there exists a word 'crabbit', which may describe Bill's demeanor at the outset. However, beneath that lay an authentic spirit of amusement. Bill was one of the prominent personalities in our industry, and we will grieve his loss deeply.

Steven Brown, who leads the United Kingdom's wholesale division at Stonehage Fleming, previously collaborated with Vasilieff while both were employed at M&G Investments.

In his statement, he expressed that Bill possessed a captivating and great passion for our enterprise and its individuals. This remained evident in all the corporations he collaborated with, including during their most recent encounter at Novia.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of an esteemed member of the industry and a gifted storyteller at numerous evening events."

Lots of people left kind messages on Linkedin, talking about how he made a big difference in the industry.

Al McMutrie, who is in charge of the Partnerships department at BNY Mellon, expressed his condolences about the sad news on their website. He mentioned that Bill, who was a great person, was known to some of them from the early M&G days. Al wished Bill's family well during this difficult time.

In the meantime, Andrew Watson, who oversees sales management at 7IM, expressed his dismay over the news of the industry leader and innovator's passing, describing it as both unexpected and upsetting.

Pleasant recollections of collaborating with him and witnessing his fervor and insight personally.

Vasilieff's spouse, male child and female child remain living after his passing.

At the moment, his family wants to keep their privacy. However, if you want to express your condolences, you can send an email to [email protected]. Information regarding a memorial ceremony will be shared at a later time.

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