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The 2016 Tech 50: Jeffrey Sprecher

The Intercontinental Exchange chairman and CEO drops from the top spot to No. 2 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

  • By Peter Vasiliev

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Jeffrey Sprecher
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Intercontinental Exchange

Nineteen years ago Jeffrey Sprecher paid $1 for Continental Power Exchange. Growing that test bed for electronic energy trading into Intercontinental Exchange, which in the first quarter of 2016 set records for revenue ($1.2 billion) and net income ($369 million), required quite a few leaps and bounds, not least the 2013 acquisition of NYSE Euronext for $11 billion. But the journey was methodical, if not entirely linear, as Sprecher assembled his global complex of 11 exchanges serving nine asset classes, along with six clearinghouses. Methodical, too, is the ICE chairman and CEO’s approach to the blockchain technology that many financial industry executives are trying to make sense of. “A lot of institutions in financial services are talking about how to deploy blockchain,” Sprecher, 61, says. “But the real value may be in the work toward common standards, a common vernacular.” Among the obstacles that blockchain, or distributed ledger, technology must overcome are laws and processes predicated on the existence of a definitive “golden record” for any transaction, he notes. “We will see an evolution rather than a revolution, but the work being done is interesting, as it has the industry talking about how to take costs out of the settlement system,” he explains. “To do that, the first thing we have to do is agree to a common set of standards.” In the here and now, the New York Stock Exchange in May officially launched Pillar, its unified technology platform for equities and options. “We’re getting better matches, better uptake from the industry, and we’re growing our market share,” Sprecher says. “Equity trading has evolved to the point that people thought more complexity would help. Frankly, we didn’t understand the complexity, and we said, ‘Let’s not do it,’?” opting instead to build a simpler architecture from scratch. ICE is also implementing an instant messaging system — for traders to communicate within the bounds of compliance requirements — and developing clearinghouse risk models. In June, six months after acquiring Interactive Data Corp. for $5.2 billion, ICE combined IDC and other data and analytics assets in an expanded ICE Data Services subsidiary “to offer clients a more complete, consolidated view of the markets,” according to Sprecher.

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The 2016 Tech 50

1. Catherine
Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
3. Lance Uggla
Markit
4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
Bloomberg
6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
7. Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
8. Adena Friedman
Nasdaq
9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
13. Michael Spencer
ICAP
14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets
17. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
18. David Rutter
R3CEV
19. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
20. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
21. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
22. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
23. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
24. Brad Katsuyama
IEX Group
25. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.
26. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
27. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
28. Andreas Preuss
Deutsche BÖrse
29. Dan Schulman
PayPal Holdings
30. Scott Dillon
Wells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
32. Craig Donohue
Options Clearing Corp.
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
Numerix
35. Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
36. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
37. Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
38. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
39. David Harding
Winton Capital Management
40. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group
41. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
42. Jim Minnick
eVestment
43. Stephane Dubois
Xignite
44. Mazy Dar
OpenFin
45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank
47. Jock Percy
Perseus
48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
50. Pieter van der Does
Adyen

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