(Bloomberg Markets) -- Walk down a side alley in Munich, beneath apartments with net curtains in the windows, past figures of female superheroes on a cafe storefront, and you come to the unprepossessing headquarters of a $2 trillion asset manager. On the fifth floor, an elegantly dressed woman leans forward to field questions. She's focused. In her hands is a coffee mug emblazoned with the word "integrity" in six languages.
Meet Jackie Hunt, one of the most important women in global finance. The 48-year-old South African runs Allianz's asset management and U.S. life insurance divisions. In July, Hunt took over responsibility for Pimco, home of what was once the world's largest bond fund, and Allianz Global Investors. On her watch, Pimco reported its first net inflows since 2013, ending a painful period that culminated in the departure of star co-founder Bill Gross. Hunt doesn't take credit for Pimco's revival, though. "It's great to come in at a point in time that's an inflection point," she says in an hour-long interview. "But this is a result of a lot of effort by a lot of people before I arrived."