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Hedge Fund Rising Stars: Grace Gu

Grace Gu
BlackRock


As quantitative credentials go, it’s hard to get much better than Grace Gu’s. She holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MS in financial mathematics from Stanford University, which with its close ties to Silicon ­Valley is not known for producing slouches on such subjects. And Gu proved to be anything but, receiving both the prestigious top undergraduate President’s Scholarship and the Frederick Terman Award, given to the top 5 percent of engineering students. She was also the gold medalist of the Singapore Physics Olympiad in 2000. However, with a college internship at Goldman, Sachs & Co. under her belt and a series of mentors encouraging her to stay in finance, Gu ultimately chose finance over the Google route. She went back to Goldman and became a portfolio manager on its Global Alpha hedge fund. In 2008, ­BlackRock hired her, showing how much that firm values the kind of analytical, quantitative thinking the former physics whiz excels at. At 30, Gu is the lead portfolio manager on BlackRock’s multistrategy fund of hedge funds.

Hedge Fund Rising Stars
NAMEFIRM
Rick GersonFalcon Edge Capital
David Ben-UrCaxton Alternative Management LP
Atwood 'Porter' CollinsSeawolf Capital
Javier DyerPermal Group
Adam FisherCommonwealth Opportunity Capital
Jason Karp Carlson Capital
Akiva Katz Bow Street
Laurie Katz GoldenTree Asset Management
Ingrid Kiefer Canyon Partners
Simon KrinskyHall Capital Partners
Carrie Lo California State Teachers Employees Retirement System
Drew McKnightFortress Investment Group
Marina Mekhlis Rocaton Investment Advisors
Neil MessingBureau of Asset Management, New York City
Gideon Nieuwoudt Silver Creek Capital Management
Ricky Nardis UBS Alternative Investment Solutions
Vinay Nair Ada Investments
Sean MurphyGame Creek Capital
Kimberly Mounts MAP Alternative Asset Management Company
Tony WaskiewiczSisters of Mercy Health Systems
Andrew Tsai Chalkstream Capital Group
David Solomon Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Howard Shainker Bow Street
Danny Sachnowitz Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust
Justin Press BTIG
Dean Curnutt Macro Risk Advisors
James Grossman Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System
Chris Paolino Hartford Investment Management
Mick McGuireMarcato Capital Management

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