Andy Krieger's story
Before entering finance, Krieger received a B.A. in philosophy and a Masters in South Asian Regional studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed coursework for a PhD in Oriental Studies, including the translation of an eighth-century Sanskrit text, but decided to pursue a career in finance instead. He later earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance.
Krieger's career began at the famous Salomon Brothers trading floor of the 80s, before he moved on to run the global currency options business for Banker's Trust. It was here that he cemented his place in trading folklore by executing one of the most successful trades of all time, and setting a new record in 1987 as the world's highest-earning trader. He was later hired by Quantum Fund as George Soros's successor, but eventually decided to start his own asset management business.