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FOUNDER, CIO, LONGTAIL ALPHA
WHY: Runs Newport Beach-based investment firm that emerged as a superstar in first months of pandemic. Native of India who graduated Harvard with Ph.D. in physics. Went to Wall Street where he became expert in pricing options. 16-year veteran of Pimco where he designed its “tail-risk management program” to minimize downturns in bad markets. Opened his own shop in 2015.
QUOTABLE: “We are ensuring against declines in the stock market. It’s a protection strategy—I hate to use to the word insurance.”