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Sarah Samuels

Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board

Peers and colleagues agree that Sarah Samuels is one of the emerging bright lights of the hedge fund industry. She was made deputy chief investment officer of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board in April 2015, having previously served as a senior investment officer in the public markets group and managed part of the pension plan's $65 billion in assets. Samuels received a BA in German and business from the University of New Hampshire, then got her start in asset management working at Boston-based money manger Wellington Advisors. She joined MassPRIM in 2011. As deputy CIO, Samuels works closely with the CIO and has significant oversight of the fund's external managers. Among other charitable endeavors, Samuels, 35, is on the advisory committee of Girls Who Invest, a not-for-profit that aims to increase the ranks of female investment professionals in the asset management industry.

Devinder Sangha

Albourne Partners

In the 1970s, Devinder Sangha's parents immigrated to Toronto from India. Sangha's father is a truck driver and his mother works in a glass factory. Sangha, 37, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, with a degree in business administration. His first job was in hedge fund administration for Cisco. In 2006 he joined Albourne Partners and helped the hedge fund consulting firm, which started in the U.K. in 1994, launch its Toronto office and build a presence in the Canadian market. Sangha started out on the hedge fund's due diligence team and spent some time in the San Francisco office before moving to New York. Today he leads a team of analysts responsible for operational due diligence of multistrategy and event-driven managers. Lately he has taken on more of a client-facing role.

Ruchit Shah

Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co.

It's not that Ruchit Shah didn't like being a lawyer. He just found something more interesting to do. Born in India, Shah, 33, moved to the U.S. when he was four years old. Then, from age nine to 15, he and his family lived in Saudi Arabia; Shah's father is in the oil industry. He finished high school in North Carolina before attending college at the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to get his law degree from the same institution before going into law, working for Baker Botts. He then became special council to the lieutenant governor of Texas, working on energy policy before joining the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co. in 2014. He oversees the alternative and private credit portfolios at the $50 billion trust fund.

Amy Sutter

Jafra Capital

When former Soros Fund Management portfolio manager Randy Yuen launched his own firm, New York-based Jafra Capital, which went live in mid-2016, he took Amy Sutter along with him. Sutter has a BS in accounting from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. She started out her career in human resources with Microsoft before moving into the asset management industry with a position in equities at California bond shop PIMCO. Sutter started out her career in hedge funds at GLG as an equity analyst specializing in the tech sector, then moved to Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Capital for a year before rejoining GLG in 2010. At Soros she was a senior equity analyst specializing in tech.

Tarek Turaigi

KAUST Investment Management Co.

Growing up as one of eight children, Tarek Turaigi didn't have a lot of money for college. Though he was born in the United States, Turaigi, who has dual American and Saudi citizenship, grew up in Saudi Arabia. He studied hard for a national test, did well, and was awarded a full scholarship by Saudi Aramco to attend Virgina Tech, where he majored in accounting and information systems. After graduating, Turaigi went back to Saudi Arabia to work for Aramco. The Saudi oil and gas company also paid for him to attend business school; he received an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Turaigi started out at Aramco working as an internal auditor, but after returning from Barcelona, he decided he wanted to switch to investing, and he joined Armco's private markets team. In fall 2015, Turaigi, 34, was given the opportunity to do a two-year stint with KAUST Investment Management Co. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the KAUST investment office manages the endowment of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Turaigi works in the hedge fund group at KAUST.

Scott Werthamer

Fortress Investment Group

Scott Werthamer may not have the greatest timing in the world, but things usually work out for him. Take marriage. Werthamer met his wife, Emily, when they were both trying to hail a cab at a busy intersection in New York. He suggested they share a ride; she turned him down. It was the subsequent intervention of a doorman - it turns out the would-be couple lived in the same building - many months later that led to a date and, eventually, marriage. In January 2008, Werthamer joined Fortress Investment Group, where he worked in the structured products business, having proposed that FIG could raise money by launching a permanent capital vehicle. The strategy was all the rage at the time - Werthamer, a graduate of George Washington University, had been working at Morgan Stanley selling just such products to hedge funds. But the financial crash of 2008 really put pay to that business. Fortunately, FIG hadn't been able to get its vehicle off the ground. The liquid-markets team liked Werthamer, and he joined them in a capital-raising and investor relations role. By the time FIG closed that group in 2015, Werthamer had long since moved over to the credit group.

Todd Westhus

Olympic Peak Asset Management

It's one of the most anticipated launches of 2018. Todd Westhus was a star portfolio manager and managing partner at Perry Capital. A member of the credit and special situations team, he was responsible for some of the firm's most interesting, complex, and profitable investments of recent years. When Richard Perry announced last year that he was closing down his eponymous hedge fund, it was almost a given that Westhus would go on to do his own thing. Indeed, he plans to launch Olympic Peak Asset Management in early 2018. He is founding the firm with another Perry managing partner, Doreen Mochrie, who was global head of sales and investor relations. Westhus, 41, joined Perry in 2006 from Avenue Capital, where he had been a vice president focusing on distressed opportunities across the capital structure at automotive, paper and packaging, chemicals, airlines, and gaming companies. He has a BA from Duke University, where he majored in economics and biology.

Seth Wunder

Black-and-White Capital

Technology is the big disrupter. Seth Wunder plans to profit from such changes by identifying technology winners and losers across all sectors. A former portfolio manager with Contour Asset Management, a long-short equity fund focused on technology, media, and telecommunications, Wunder moved to LA and launched Black-and-White Capital in June 2016. Wunder, 39, who graduated from Cornell University with a BS in applied economics and business management, got his start as an analyst with Morgan Stanley.

Katherine Yearwood

Bessemer Trust

Having graduated from Harvard University with a BA in engineering science, Katherine Yearwood got a job in 2005 on the interest rate structuring desk at Barclays Capital in New York. In 2008 she left Barclays and joined New Holland Capital, the external hedge fund manager of Dutch pension plan ABP, where she spent more than five years as a portfolio analyst. From New Holland, Yearwood moved to the fund-of-hedge-funds firm EnTrustPermal. Then in late 2016 she joined high-net-worth advisory firm Bessemer Trust as a vice president and senior hedge fund analyst.

Mi Zhou

Citadel

Growing up in a small city in Chuxiong in China's Yunnan Province, Mi Zhou was particularly inspired by a famous quote from a Chinese scholar: Read ten thousand books. Travel ten thousand miles. She wanted to travel the world and knew education was the key to making that happen. In 2002 she received the highest national university entrance exam score in her province and was admitted to Tsinghua University in Beijing, a 40-hour train journey from home. Zhou, 33, got on the train and started her new life. She majored in finance and economics and started her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. She then decided to go to business school in the U.S., graduating from Harvard University in 2011 with an MBA. In 2013, she joined Citadel's investor relations team in Hong Kong, having previously worked on the equity research team at UBS. Her timing was good: China is hungry for hedge funds.

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