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The 2016 Hedge Fund Rising Stars: Jessye Ball

Senior investment officer Ball scouts top talent for Izzy Englander’s Millennium Management.

Jessye Ball
Millennium Management

People are key to the success of Millennium Management, the multistrategy hedge fund firm founded by Israel (Izzy) Englander. The $33.2 billion outfit has one of the best track records in the industry: Since inception in 1989, its flagship Millennium Management fund has returned an annualized 14.02 percent. Jessye Ball, 36, a senior investment officer at the New York–based firm, is always on the lookout to hire portfolio managers with new ideas for its platform-based strategy, which allocates capital to more than 200 trading teams. Ball herself was recruited to Millennium in 2012 from financial services firm Rockefeller & Co., where she racked up nearly a decade’s worth of experience in several roles after a two-year stint as an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group.

The Worcester, Massachusetts, native, who studied dance as a child, earned a BA in political science with a minor in economics from Boston College. Her first job at New York–based Rockefeller in 2005 was with its wealth services division as a client service specialist. Ball quickly grew into a portfolio-facing role before moving to the investment division, where she worked as an equity analyst for two years. While at Rockefeller she also passed her Chartered Financial Analyst exam and decided to further her education, enrolling in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s executive MBA program in 2009. At the time, the firm didn’t have a dedicated hedge fund team; Ball, who graduated from Wharton in 2011, helped to build its hedge fund effort while spending three-day weekends studying in Philadelphia. She assisted in creating and managing two fund of hedge funds as well as proposing allocations and selecting managers — an experience that is proving invaluable for her current role at Millennium.

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Hedge Fund Rising Stars of 2016

Jessye Ball
Millennium Mgmt
Sarah Berner
Aristeia Capital
Jenna Bussman-Wise
AIG Investments
Maureen Chang
Point72 Asset Mgmt
Dennis Chenfu
Charles Dufresne Jr.
Sciens Capital Mgmt
William Freda
Graticule Asset Mgmt Asia
Samantha Greenberg
Margate Capital
Mark Gurevich
Ropes & Gray
Tal Gurion
Mariner Glen Oaks
Craig Huie
University of California
Yusef Kassim
Blue Harbour Group
Florian Kronawitter
White Square Capital
Vikram Kumar
TT International
Brandon Levin
Jana Partners
Jonathan Levin
George Weiss Associates
Brett Minarik
Ian Monroe
Etho Capital
Jason Morrow
Utah Retirement Systems
Pierre-Adrien Nicolas
Squarepoint Capital
Jamie Pabst
Green Owl Capital Mgmt
Parag Pande
Blackstone Group
Agata Praczuk
Max Saffian
Fortress Investment Group
Matt Satnick
MSD Partners
Eric Singer
Viex Capital Advisors
Katina Stefanova
Marto Capital
Reginald Tucker
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Michael Wang
Cypress Funds
Sean Wygovsky
Polar Asset Mgmt Partners

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