Katherine Chan, 28, started her career with a front-row seat for the financial crisis. In 2007, a year before graduating with a degree in linguistics and mind, brain and behavior from Harvard University, Chan took an internship with Credit Suisse Group’s global energy division; she was back there working full time in the summer of 2008, just in time to watch the market hit all-time highs and then begin to come crashing down. The experience hooked her, and she soon found an opportunity at New York–based HG Vora Capital Management, a $25 million start-up that has since grown into a $1.5 billion leisure- and gaming-focused firm. There, she built the foundation for her buy-side expertise, which she now uses as a partner and senior analyst at Anandar Capital Management, a New York–headquartered, event-driven firm with more than $300 million in assets. In 2012 Chan became the first analyst hired by the Anandar team when they were still at their parent firm, Evanston, Illinois–based Magnetar Capital; she helped develop the spin-off, which became official last August. The Queens, New York, native shows the same pioneering spirit outside the office as the NextGen Committee co-chair of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, which was formed in 2001 to encourage women in the alternative-investment industry to better leverage their professional relationships. In her NextGen role, Chan works on fostering young women in the industry and making sure they get the exposure and mentorship they need to compete.

The 2015 Hedge Fund Rising Stars
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Paul Alzapiedi
Silver Point Capital
Adam Bernstein
Pagoda Asset Management
Jennifer Bloom
Robert Campion
Canyon Capital Advisors
Katherine Chan
Anandar Capital Management
T. Troy Dixon
Hollis Park Partners
Curtis Gallagher
Park Hill Group
Brian Goldberg
Geoffrey Keegan
Creciente Partners Investment Management
Brian Kelly
Millennium partners
Robert Kennelley
Rocaton Investment Advisors
Ryan Kilstein
Southpoint capital advisors
Monica Lai
Leigh Lower
Graham Capital Management
Pooja Malik
Nipun Capital
Jamie Mendola
Pacific Grove Capital
Bradley Neumeister
Oleg Nodelman
EcoR1 Capital
James Oussedik
Sidley Austin
Amit Pardasani
Owl Creek Asset Management
Putri Pascualy
Courtney Powers
University of texas Investment Management Co.
Laura Roche
Roystone Capital Management
Harlan Saroken
Perry Capital
Richard Scarinci
Blackstone Group
Randall Shu
Samuel Siegal
Senator Investment Group
Nadine Terman
solstein Capital
Anastasia Titarchuk
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Christina van Beelen
Secor Asset Management