A personal finance guru who rallied against taking the coronavirus vaccine has died from Covid, hours after being placed on a ventilator.
Alan Steel, 74, died on Wednesday after a month long battle with the virus.
Mr Steel regularly posted to Twitter about why people should not take the Covd vaccine, and why neither masks nor lockdowns were needed.
In a somber message posted last week he told followers: “You may wonder why I’ve been so quiet. For the best part of two weeks, I fought a losing battle with Covid.
“Been on oxygen in hospital since. Moving to intensive care today. This is one nasty illness. Fingers crossed I make it through.”
Mr Steel was renowned in his field, having founded Alan Steel Asset Management, which dealt with more than £1 billion in assets.
He rose to prominence after being first person to expose problems at Equitable Life, where the insurer’s policyholders lost billions of pounds in savings.
Last night Steve Forbes, managing director of Alan Steel Asset Management, said: “He was a one-off and a genius, of that there is certainly no doubt, but he was also a great visionary.
“He is now with his beloved and wise Grannie McKay and will have a new audience for his multitude of jokes and stories. I also know the hole that exists in our lives just now as a result of his passing will be filled with joyous memories in time.”
Mr Steel is survived by his wife Fran, son Malcolm, and daughter Catherine.
Close friend John Allison added: “Alan always remained totally true to his working-class upbringing, but unknown to most, he was also a significant financial benefactor and behind the scenes, he gave great financial support to many local institutions and events.
“The financial services industry is traditionally very light on characters and legends – Alan Steel may sadly prove to be the last of them.”Internet Explorer Channel Network