Born in Bulgaria and educated in Italy and the U.S., Youlia Miteva, 34, had a glamorous résumé even before she graduated from Wharton and the School of Engineering at Penn with a dual bachelors degree in finance management and management technology. Miteva began her Wall Street career as an analyst with storied boutique investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Now in her sixth year of running her own hedge fund firm, New Yorkbased Proxima Capital Management, Miteva impresses investors with results the main fund was up almost 80 percent, net of fees, in 2009 and some are anxious to allocate more to her $350 million special situations fund. But portfolio manager Miteva is not in a rush to capitalize on her success; she knows the industry favors those who build smartly, not quickly.
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