NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is lending his name to a new fund from Calamos Advisors aimed at environmental, social and governance investing, according to news reports.
The new Calamos Antetokounmpo Sustainable Equities Fund will steer clear of investing in firms involved in nuclear energy, alcohol, gambling or animal testing, Bloomberg writes, citing a filing.
Calamos portfolio managers Anthony Tursich and James Madden, who previously led ESG investing at Portfolio 21 Investments, will manage investments in the new ETF, according to the news service.
The Milwaukee Bucks forward — known as the “Greek Freak” because he was born in Greece and displays “freakish” athletic ability — once had money in more than four dozen different bank accounts, Bloomberg writes.
He’s also close with Marc Lasry, founder of investment firm Avenue Capital Group, which is also a co-owner of the Bucks, according to the news service.
Lasry said in April that he was the one who stepped in and helped Antetokounmpo invest his money better, Bloomberg writes.
Calamos declined to disclose to the news service whether Antetokounmpo had seeded the fund.
“The shared values between Calamos Investments and Giannis Antetokounmpo forge the foundation for a great partnership,” a representative for Calamos told Bloomberg in a statement.