The 2021 Cohort is a top-tier collection of the best, brightest, and hardest working individuals that stood out from a pool of fantastic applicants. The Litquidity team took into account their career accomplishments, unique stories, tenacity, and embodiment of the Litquidity spirit.
Members of this class work in a variety of fields, including media, private equity, investment banking, entrepreneurship, social media, crypto, and Web3. They are all unified by their dedication to their crafts and their ability to kick back, have a good time, and be great individuals to hang out with. For anyone counting (ahem Forbes), there are exactly 30 selections on our list.
Keep an eye out for these names, this class is going places.
See below to read about each person's journey.
Current: Web3 & Consumer Investor @ SoftBank Vision Fund; JPEG Connoisseur
Alma Mater: University of British Columbia
Aaron is currently a Web3 and Consumer Investor at Softbank's Vision Fund. He has invested over $2B across growth equity, venture capital, cryptoassets and distressed credit at leading investment firms such as Softbank Investment Advisors, Parafi Capital, and KKR.
Aaron started his career at KKR investing across the capital structure in distressed credit to liquid assets. In 2015 he pitched bitcoin to the firm at $200 and then again in 2017 as a non-sovereign store of wealth before spinning out and co-founding ParaFi Capital, a leading blockchain and cryptoasset investment firm now backed by Henry Kravis, Bain Capital Ventures, Galaxy Digital, and Dragonfly, where he invested in Robinhood, Coinbase, Bitmain, Staked, among others.
In his spare time he collects JPEGs. His favorites include Bored Ape Yacht Club, Clone X, World of Women, alien frens and Inbetweeners. He is also a small investor in Angel City FC, LA's female soccer team.
Current: Founder & CEO of Sporttrade
Alma Mater: Drexel University
Twitter : @a_kane47
Linkedin: Alexander Kane
Alex is currently the Founder and CEO of Sporttrade, poised to be the first and only sports trading exchange in the US.
The idea of Sporttrade was inspired by Alex’s deep interest and appreciation of trading stocks and crypto on platforms like Robinhood and Coinbase. One day, he asked the question “why doesn't sports betting look more like financial markets?”
With this idea in hand, Alex secured seed funding and led the company through the 2019 Comcast NBCU Accelerator Powered by Techstars.
As of January 2022, Sporttrade now has over 70 employees and has raised over $36mm from Nasdaq Ventures, Jump Capital, Comcast and more.
Alex is a Philadelphia-native, Philly sports fan and casual golfer. Prior to his work at Sporttrade, Alex founded a golf consultancy group that used analytics and interactive visualizations to allow golfers to assess their performance.
Current: Founder & CEO of AVGI
Alma Mater: Hofstra University
Allon founded AVGI at 21 years old when he acquired his first real estate investment, a small house in Long Island, NY.
Starting with $50k of his own capital and minimal outside investments, he has built a real estate holdings company with $50M in AUM in four years.
Allon has documented this entire process through his Instagram account, linked above. As Allon opens his firm to outside capital and additional partnerships, he is setting ambitious goals; most notably to grow his AUM to $1B over the next five years.
Fun fact: Allon originally wanted to become a lawyer before deciding against law school. Since day one, Allon has handled his company's legal work and structuring.
Current: Co-Founder at OfficeHours
Alma Mater: Duke University
Asif is currently a Co-Founder at OfficeHours, which provides a tech-enabled marketplace for career coaching and interview prep for various finance roles including investment banking, private equity, growth equity, venture capital, and corporate development.
Before taking the leap into entrepreneurship, Asif previously worked as an investment professional at Advance, where he invested out of a $10 billion pool of capital across private equity, growth equity, and venture capital.
Advance is the family office that owns or is the majority shareholder of tech and media companies such as Reddit, Condé Nast, and IRONMAN.
After graduating from Duke, Asif started his career on Wall Street as an investment banking analyst at Wells Fargo before moving to Morgenthaler as a private equity associate.
Fun fact: Asif is a classic pianist and top ranked amateur tennis player in Florida.
Current: Head of Partnerships at Polygon
Alma Mater: Georgia Tech
Austin is currently the Head of Partnerships at Polygon, where he works with Web2 organizations that are looking to develop blockchain strategies and web3 projects in the Polygon ecosystem.
Austin's career began in traditional wealth management, where he managed capital for professional athletes and entertainers at a $1B+ RIA in Atlanta, GA.
Austin was one of the core team members behind ConstitutionDAO, the organization that raised $40M+ to bid on the US Constitution at a Sotherby's auction last fall. While the group was outbid by Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, this experience sparked Austin's interest in web3 and crypto.
Fun fact: Austin played football at Georgia Tech. Austin also played chess with Dan Bilzerian two years ago. He claims the match ended in a draw.
Current: CEO @ Blackwood
Alma Mater: Oxford University and Copenhagen Business School
Bastian started BlackWood Capital Partners while completing his MBA at the University of Oxford.
BlackWood is a venture fund based in Copenhagen that leverages artificial intelligence to find promising early-stage startups for its investors, which include high-net-worth individuals, multi-family offices and private banks.
Prior to starting BlackWood, Bastian worked at BlackRock in London, Geneva, and New York, where he co-led global investor relations for the firm's event driven hedge fund. He helped the firm raise $7B while in New York.
Bastian grew up in an artistic family and has lived in 10 countries, including Greenland, where he taught Inuit people how to paint. At the age of 10, he was a leading chess player in France. As an adult, he is competitive poker player that has competed in championships in Monaco, Barcelona, Atlantic City and Macau.
Bastian has shared his story in his book “The Chase: from Painting and Poker to Raising Billions on Wall Street"
Current: Founding Team @ beehiiv (the home of Exec Sum)
Tyler - University of Maryland
Benjamin - Clemson University
Jake - Clemson University
Twitter: beehiiv 🐝
Tyler, Ben, and Jake are the cofounders of beehiiv, a newsletter platform that fuels creators' abilities to create, monetize, and grow their audiences. Beehiiv raised a $2.6m seed round in late 2021, and has continued to expand their influence in the newsletter and creator economy space.
Tyler is the CEO and Cofounder of beehiiv. Before beehiiv, he was Google's product lead at YouTube Music. Pre-Google, Tyler joined Morning Brew as the second employee in a role that spanned engineering, product, and growth—responsible for building the renowned referral program and tech ecosystem that facilitated the company to scale to a successful $75m exit in 2020. On the side he enjoys building cool projects—most recently Big Desk Energy (popular Spotify playlist + web destination).
Before beehiiv, Ben was a senior software engineer for Morning Brew, where he built features responsible for the acquisition of millions of subscribers and a rapidly growing internal team. A South Carolinian turned New Yorker; Benjamin spends his time away from a computer exploring New York's incredible food scene — keeping a running list of well over one hundred tried and true spots. Fun fact, Benjamin is proficient at playing six different musical instruments.
Jake is a technical co-founder at beehiiv where he focuses on building the best software possible to help writers grow and monetize their newsletters. He is most proud of his work on the text editor experience. Before beehiiv, he helped build software that supports a nationwide print-media company as well as the tools behind the popular Morning Brew newsletters. Jake has a passion for the outdoors and in his free time, loves hiking, photography, and traveling with his wife. Jake and his wife, now based in Brooklyn, have spent time both living on the road in their camper van and living abroad in Costa Rica.
Current: Investor @ Framework Ventures
Alma Mater: University of Colorado, Boulder
Brandon is currently an Investor at Framework Ventures, a thesis-driven venture firm that invests in, and builds alongside, early-stage crypto founders. While DeFi, gaming, and NFT applications are his primary areas of interest, Brandon also works with general middleware and scaling solutions.
His career began as a civil-structural engineer building skyscrapers throughout Los Angeles and San Diego. It was during this time that he took a strong interest in Ethereum and other digital assets. He joined the founding team at AnChain.ai, a blockchain intelligence platform for security, risk and compliance, to lead product and partnerships. Brandon then became the Chief of Staff at Startup Sandbox, a bioscience incubator affiliated with the University of California, Santa Cruz. At Startup Sandbox, he worked directly with pre-seed and seed stage startups in the life sciences.
A California native, Brandon’s favorite pastimes include exploring the mountains and redwood forests on his mountain bike, snowboarding fresh powder at Lake Tahoe, and paddling out into the frigid surf. He has a soft spot for the Spanish speaking world stemming from his experience with Engineers Without Borders trips throughout Latin America.
Current: Principal at Cloverlay
Alma Mater: Haverford College
Brett is currently a Principal at Cloverlay, a Philadelphia-based $1B private equity firm that focuses on investments across niche, esoteric and less correlated assets.
Brett has recently led investments in edge data centers, sports franchises and small-cap community banks. He has also worked on deals including music royalties, litigation finance and cold storage assets.
Prior to joining Cloverlay, Brett was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at Veritable, L.P., a multifamily office that manages over $14 billion on behalf of more than 200 ultra-high net worth families. While at Veritable, Brett was a team member of Archean Capital, a joint-venture between Veritable and Moelis & Co that provides anchor capital to first-time fund managers across private strategies.
Brett majored in mathematics at Haverford College, where he also played four years of baseball and basketball. Since graduation, he has stayed in the Philadelphia area despite his Knicks, Yankees and Giants fandom. Brett plays golf and tennis in his spare time, and he is also a board member of Philly Fights Cancer, a non-profit supporting cancer research at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Current: Head of Capital Markets at Pipe
Alma Mater: Haas Business School - UC Berkeley; King's College, London
Charlie is the Head of Capital Markets at Pipe Technologies, the world’s first two-side trading platform for recurring revenue streams.
Before joining Pipe, Charlie worked on a number of entrepreneurial ventures while completing his MBA from Berkeley Haas. Before that, he worked at Morgan Stanley in London, where he structured esoteric securitizations and grouped logos in PowerPoint.
Before selling out and joining investment banking, Charlie studied War Studies at King's College London, and considered becoming a spy. He opted for financial services as it was more prestigious and the exit opportunities were better.
Charlie began following Litquidity in 2017, and he has learned the hard way that the ends always justify the memes. He competed for Great Britain in Olympic Skeet target shooting, and was ranked 18th in the world.
Current: Partner and Crypto Lead at 28th Street Ventures
Alma Mater: Washington & Lee
Graham is a Partner and Crypto Lead at 28th Street Ventures, a $1B+ private investment group based in Atlanta. He conducts diligence for LBOs, SPACs, mezzanine financing, and public equities.
Graham co-manages the YG Fund and played a large role in the company’s $600m acquisition of Grindr in 2020.
His first foray into crypto was in 2017 when he attempted to arbitrage Litecoin & Bitcoin on a Zimbabwean exchange called Golix before the country banned cryptocurrencies.
Most recently, he was a core team member of ConstitutionDAO, the decentralized organization that raised $40M+ in 72 hours to bid on the US Constitution. Graham serves as an advisor to numerous DAOs including Kimbal Musk's Big Green DAO.
While studying economics and computer science at W&L, he launched and raised capital for NomadX, an international digital nomad housing/workspace network. In his free time, Graham is an amateur paragliding pilot and sushi connoisseur.
Current: Senior Associate at Vision Ridge Partners
Alma Mater: Utah State University
Greg is a Senior Associate at Vision Ridge Partners, a $2B+ AUM private equity firm focused on sustainable real assets.
Prior to Vision Ridge, Greg was a Senior Associate at Pike Street Capital, an industrial-focused private equity firm based in Seattle, WA. Previously, Greg was an Associate within the Private Infrastructure team at Partners Group, a global investment firm with over $120B+ of AUM. Greg earned his stripes as an Investment Banking Analyst within the Public Sector and Infrastructure group at Goldman Sachs.
Greg holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Utah State University, where he graduated with honors and played on the University’s club soccer team (a future Uncle Rico in the making).
Greg discovered his love for finance from his mother (who is an accountant) and his zest for life from his late father.
Current: Vice President, Macro Sales @ Goldman Sachs and Founder @ Bondh E Shams
Alma Mater: Williams College
Website: Bondh E Shams
Hamza both works Macro Sales for Global Markets at Goldman Sachs and leads his own water charity, Bondh E Shams.
Hamza is originally from Pakistan. He started his career at Goldman in New York in 2015 before relocating to London in 2016 due to… drum roll… work-visa issues.
Work on safe water is personal for Hamza, who contracted typhoid from a contaminated water well in his village growing up. His charity has provided 40 Million cups of clean water in remote locations across the world using a proprietary solar-powered water filtration unit that Hamza designed in 2014.
For his work, Hamza has won Forbes 30 Under 30, (the second best 30 Under 30 we know of), the Princess Diana Award and the Points of Light Award from the Queen of England. His charity was also crowned the first prize at the GS Analyst Impact Fund in 2018. Hamza’s Tedx Talk has been watched 131,000 times on YouTube.
Current: Vice President at NMS Capital
Alma Mater: Furman University
Jake is currently a Vice President at NMS Capital, a New York-based middle market private equity fund focused on business services and healthcare services. He was previously an analyst at Croft & Bender, a boutique investment bank in Atlanta, GA.
Alongside his brother Frazer, Jake founded Kinsley Partners in 2018. Kinsley is a seed and pre-seed stage venture fund where Jake and Frazer invest their own capital in consumer products and technology companies. They have eight portfolio companies to date.
Jake grew up on Long Island and attended Regis High School in Manhattan. He served as a mentor and tutor to inner city and at-risk youth.
Jake went on to play Division 1 baseball at Furman University. He made headlines his senior year for forfeiting a portion of his season to donate bone marrow to a critically ill patient.
Jake is fluent in Chinese and interned in Major League Baseball's International department, splitting time between Beijing and NYC. Jake is an avid fan of the national champion Georgia Bulldogs, and he enjoys NYT crossword puzzles, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Current: President @ MSP Corp
Alma Mater: McGill University
Jason co-founded MSP Corp in 2020 with the goal of consolidating the managed services provider industry.
After acquiring more than a dozen IT companies across North America, his company now has over 200 employees. MSP is quickly becoming one of the premier buyers in the space. They recently raised $35M from BDC Capital Partners and CIBC at a $50M+ valuation.
Prior to MSP Corp, Jason was the CFO and an early investor in oxio, a Y Combinator backed connectivity platform. Prior to oxio, Jason worked at a tech focused private equity fund based out of Montreal.
When he was younger, Jason was on the Canadian National Swim Team. Some of his current hobbies include snowboarding, surfing and scuba diving.
Current: Derivatives Trader @ BOK Financial
Alma Mater: Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business (in Progress)
Josh is currently a Derivatives Trader at BOK Financial (Nasdaq: BOKF). He was hired at age 22, making him one of the youngest institutional commodities traders in the world. (He is tied with Lauren Simmons for the title of youngest institutional trader, although she is on the equities side).
His experience includes trading swaps and options on crude oil & natural gas, with notional individual trade values as high as $30M. He also has experience in periphery commodity complexes such as pentane, normal butane, isobutane, natural gasoline, and ethane.
Josh was previously a Senior Associate covering the Americas for S&P Global Platts, a job he started while he was still 20 years old. Josh is currently completing his MBA at Rice University. He is, as you may expect, the youngest in his cohort by a fair margin.
Current: Senior Credit Analyst @ Goldman Sachs
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Julian is currently a senior credit analyst at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City. He focuses on credit in the corporate and consumer retail healthcare spaces.
Julian is also legally blind. This past December, Julian, along with three other analysts at the firm, won a $250,000 grant through Goldman Sachs Gives Analyst Impact Fund to aid the nonprofit Lime Connect, an organization focused on advancing the careers of those living with disabilities.
Julian interned in investment banking while earning his master's degree at USC. This internship solidified his interest in finance after he worked on a deal for an assistive technology company.
Julian was a child actor, and you may recognize him from notable shows including Kenan and Kel and The Jay Leno Show. He’s also a subpar golfer.
Current: Manager of Corporate Strategy and Ventures at Unum Group
Alma Mater: University of St. Thomas (Undergrad) Boston College (MBA)
Kathryn is currently a Manager of Corporate Strategy and Ventures at Unum Group, a Fortune 230 insurance company.
She helps run their Corporate Venture Capital fund focusing on Insurtech, Fintech and Healthtech, as well as innovation initiatives within their 4 brands across the US and Europe.
Kathryn is passionate about making venture capital more accessible and inclusive, especially to traditionally underrepresented groups like women and people of color. She is driven to create a corporate environment where people feel welcomed, and Kathryn emphasizes the importance of being kind in an industry that isn't famous for its compassion. Her favorite part of VC is the research; she loves spending time reading about new investment areas.
Fun Fact: She was a pole vaulter on the track team at the University of St. Thomas.
Current: President and Chief Investment Officer @ Ivory Hill
Alma Mater: University of St. Thomas
After a decade working in the wealth management industry, in the midst of the global pandemic, Kurt decided to resign from his wealth management firm to start Ivory Hill with a noncompete, no clients and no assets under management.
In less than 14 months, Ivory Hill grown to almost $50M in AUM. Kurt credits Ivory Hill’s success to his investment philosophy, “winning by not losing as much”.
Kurt grew sick of the bear market advisor rhetoric such as “This is a long-term investment approach" and "the market will come back eventually so we just need to stay the course.” He started his own firm so he could manage his client’s money the way he manages his own.
His investment strategy is hyper-focused on reducing risk when market conditions signal volatility is likely and increasing risk when conditions signal volatility is unlikely.
Kurt specializes in overseeing the finances for closely held businesses, entrepreneurs, and social media influencers.
Current: EVP of Revenue @ Benzinga
Alma Mater: University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Luke Jacobi joined Benzinga in 2013 as an unpaid intern for the opportunity to satiate his stock market addiction by writing about stock market news for the site.
Nine years later, he is responsible for business growth & operations at Benzinga. Luke recently led due diligence for the company’s majority acquisition by Private Equity firm Beringer Capital. (he now has to keep track of EBITDA like you bankers).
When he is not trying to make some EBITDA, Luke competes in powerlifting and aspires to write a fiction novel – two goals which seem at odds with each other.
Current: Equity Founder of Hennessey Capital; Co-host of the P:GIR podcast on iHeart
Alma Mater: The College of New Jersey
Mitch Hennessey, known publicly as his alias Hugh Henne, is a world-renowned retail trader, founder of the private wealth firm Hennessey Capital,and co-host of P:GIR, the world’s #1 stock market podcast.
Mitch’s passion for trading stocks started in high school after a heart condition forced him to step away from playing sports.
At the age of 21, he challenged himself to turn a $50,000 portfolio into $1,000,000 as quickly as possible. He achieved his goal in just under four months. Mitch's success, talent, and love for the stock market inspired him to pass on his knowledge through the podcast to aid the everyday person in their quest to obtain financial freedom.
He created Hugh Henne to help others understand the stock market and to give back to a community that has given so much to him.
Current: Sr. CEO @ ThirdEye
Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
Nick Cherukuri is the CEO of ThirdEye Gen, a leader in augmented and mixed reality smart Glasses and software.
Nick is a subject matter experts in Augmented Reality & AI industries thanks to his expertise, education, and multiple patents. He previously developed AR/MR & Mobile applications that were downloaded by thousands of commercial and consumer users.
Nick was the product director in development of the complete digital Augmented/Mixed Reality (AR/MR) ecosystem with X2 smallest glasses hardware, software, device management, and services.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing rugby, heavyweight rowing and golfing. Additionally, Nick acts, DJs, and takes part in local charity events around in the New York City area. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Current: VP of Investments @ Israel Investment Fund Group (IIFG)
Alma Mater: University of Southern California
Noah is currently Vice President of Investments at Israel Investment Fund Group (IIFG), a Los Angeles based private investment firm that invests solely in Israeli startups and assets - primarily in various healthcare sectors.
Prior to IIFG, Noah worked at Navigate Ventures, an early-growth fund that invests in enterprise SaaS startups, and before that he was a student analyst at USC’s Marshall Venture Fund.
Noah is passionate about giving back to his community, and he is civically engaged in his hometown of Beverly Hills. Noah was instrumental in helping the city create a non-profit startup incubator program in 2018, and he was recently elected as 2022 Vice Chair of the Next Beverly Hills Committee.
Noah is a meme enthusiast and former competitive martial artist. On weekends he can be found on the golf course with family and friends.
***was 29 when nominated for this list
Current: Founding Partner at Flow Partners
Alma Mater: Warsaw School of Economics
Olek is a Founder and Managing Partner at Flow Partners, a technology focused investment banking boutique.
Flow's motto is “We’re tech guys first”. Olek and his partners doubled down on creating a new-age advisory firm – stripped down old school inefficiencies and delivering value-add sector expertise.
His deal experience includes the acquisition of Bumble by Blackstone, investment in FlixBus by Silverlake, and growth funding for MILES by Crosslantic Capital.
Prior to founding Flow, Olek was a Vice President at NOAH Advisors, a European tech M&A boutique. He also led speaker acquisition for the NOAH Conference, having worked with Whitney Wolfe Herd (Bumble), Al Gore (Generation IM), and Travis Kalanick (Uber).
In true Litquidity fashion, Olek is no stranger to getting lit. Having spent significant time in Berlin, he is a veteran of techno scene. You can find him spending weekends in the infamous Berghain - or at least in the (far less infamous) Miami’s Space.
Olek is an avid runner and a skier, and he knows his way around a boxing ring. A jet-setter, he fuels his travel addiction by splitting time between Warsaw and Miami.
***was 29 when nominated for this list
Current: President @ LUG Sports Group and COO @ MeazureUp
Alma Mater: Ivey Business School at Western University
Ray is currently the COO at MeazureUp, a SaaS model company that provides over 200 chains like Krystal, MOD Pizza, and Spur Restaurants with digital field assessment and checklist operations software.
Ray is also the Co-President of LUG Sports, an Activities as a Service (AaaS) model business.
LUG offers thousands of college students the opportunity to keep playing sports with their friends. LUG runs leagues for ice hockey, softball, flag football, eSports, etc. at schools like Michigan, UMass, Western, Queens and 30+ others across North America.
During his time at College, Ray spent his summers working at both RBC Capital Markets and Sun Life Financial. After graduating from school, Ray continued his corporate career for a short time, before entering the entrepreneurial world on a full time basis.
Ray is also an avid ice hockey player and a terrible golfer.
Current: Co-Founder at OfficeHours and Aspiring Tennis Player
Alma Mater: Northeastern University – D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Rohit is currently a Co-Founder at OfficeHours, a business oriented around helping junior finance professionals plan out their careers (whether it be preparing for the Buyside or something corporate).
He was previously an investor at Battery Ventures, where he helped scale SourceScrub before their investment from Francisco Partners.
Outside of starting his own coaching business, Rohit has invested in his own personal development through a life coach, personal fitness trainer, and multiple tennis instructors. He believes in establishing focus around your goals and taking on curated help to get there.
Most of his friends think Rohit spends all of his time socializing on boats in Miami. In reality, he spends most of his time convincing investment banking analysts that you can make it in this world as a non-target.
Current: Senior Associate @ Crossbeam Venture Partners
Alma Mater: Cornell University
Sakib is an investor at Crossbeam Venture Partners, where he helps the venture capital firm invest in Seed and Series A startups focused on platform economies, fintech, and E-commerce.
He has helped deploy $100M+ of equity capital and led early investments in the Amazon aggregator space. Sakib also serves as a Board Observer for seven companies in the portfolio.
Prior to joining Crossbeam, Sakib was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan. In the height of the pandemic, Sakib founded The Capsule (@readthecapsule), a South Asian technology news aggregator/podcast that has over 23,000 followers across Instagram and email.
Sakib's lowest ROI thus far has been his stalwart support of the Bangladeshi national cricket team. He is fluent in Bengali, English and Urdu/Hindi, and he also gets by with Mandarin. His language skills come in handy when ordering food in New York City after 1 AM.
His love for his alma mater (Cornell) is rivaled only by passion for World War II, which makes him the youngest 'mid-30s white guy' ever.
Current: Founder & CEO @ Kasada
Alma Mater: None
Sam is the founder and CEO of cyber security company Kasada.
He got his start in cyber security as a high schooler while working with Australia's Signals Intelligence Agency. He then moved to a security role at Macquarie Group, before leaving to found Kasada at 19.
Since emigrating from Australia in 2018, Sam has lived in New York. He recently received his first VC-branded Patagonia vest as part of a $23m funding round.
Sam is long $VB (Victoria Bitter) - up 420% YoY.
Current: Founder & CEO @ FTX
Alma Mater: MIT
Sam Bankman-Fried, better known as SBF, is the CEO and Founder of crypto exchange FTX.
FTX, which recently raised $400M at a $32B valuation, is one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world. Sam was ranked 32nd on the 2021 Forbes 400 list with a net worth of US$22.5B.
After graduating from MIT, SBF began working at Jane Street Capital, an NYC-based prop trading firm. After Jane Street, he briefly worked at the Centre for Effective Altruism before founding Alameda Research, a quantitative trading firm.
Bankman-Fried profited from crypto arbitrage opportunities between the Asian and American markets, moving up to $25M a day between Japan and the US.
Sam's experience arbitrage trading crypto led to him founding the crypto derivatives exchange FTX.
SBF is an effective altruist who wants to accumulate as much wealth as possible in order to give it away to charitable and philanthropic purposes over the course of his life.
Sam lives in the Bahamas, and he admitted to often playing League of Legends while on phone calls. He also ensured that every room in his office has beanbags to sleep on.
Current: Senior Director @ Nightingale Properties
Alma Mater: Cornell University
Will is the Senior Director of Acquisitions at Nightingale Properties in New York. He leads the firm’s real estate investments efforts.
Will is always hunting for real estate investments with attractive risk-adjusted returns.
Under Will’s direction, Nightingale has become the largest privately-owned landlord in Philadelphia and one of the larger buyers of office properties in the country and New York. He is responsible for over $5.0 billion of transactions at Nightingale and over $3.5 billion in New York City. Will’s largest single investment to date was a $900 million trophy property on Fifth Avenue.
Will is a triplet and a former college athlete, playing defensive line at Cornell. Although retired from the sport, Will holds two Kansas state titles and a state record in powerlifting. During COVID, he decided to stop bending steel bars and start swinging steel sticks. According to sources, Will still cannot break 90.
Will’s recognition includes Commercial Observer’s Top Young Professionals, Crain’s Rising Stars in Real Estate, Commercial Property Executive’s Stars to Watch, and Connect Media’s Next Generation Honoree.
This section goes out to the individuals who did not receive compliance approval and had to respectfully decline participating in the list.
Among these individuals were ivy league graduates who now work at the world's largest private equity firms and sizable hedge funds, who work hard & play harder, and are true FinMeme connoisseurs. Pour one out for them.
Maybe next year.