Hedge Funder Mike Novogratz Is The Leader Of A Pack Of Badass Ivy League Wrestlers Turned Wall Streeters

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There’s a new club on Wall Street. Well, new to the public eye at least.This morning The New York Observer profiled Fortress Investment Group principal Mike Novogratz and focused on his lifelong involvement with wrestling. Turns out the financier, whose fund is estimated to be worth somewhere around $4.6 billion, is not the only wrestler on Wall Street.

In fact he’s one of at least eight honchos (the Observer mentioned seven, we found one more) on the street who wrestled competitively in college.

If this is indeed a newly united pack, then Novogratz is its leader. 

Martin Floreani, owner and operator of florwrestling.com (the wrestling enthusiast’s virtual bible), told the Observer that it was Novogratz who brought these wrestlers turned Wall Streeters together. 

“A lot of the Ivy League wrestlers wind up in New York, so you have a strong set of wrestlers in the financial community,” Floreani told the Observer. “One of the things that Novogratz has done is to knit those guys together.” 

And this community is not just for personal benefit. Novogratz and his pals have helped to start something of a revolution in the U.S. wrestling world, providing venues for both amateur (and often underprivileged) and professional wrestlers to practice their sport.

Here’s a sampling of these wrestlers turned Wall Streeters (you’ll probably recognise a few names):

  • John Thain, (Former CEO of Merrill Lynch, now CEO of CIT)
  • Josh Harris, (Founder of Apollo Global Management)
  • Stephen Friedman, (Former CEO of Goldman Sachs)
  • Henry Kravis, (Senior Partner at KKR)
  • Rich Taveso, (Head of Global Arbitrage and Trading at RBC Capital Markets)
  • Noel Thompson, (CEO of TGP)
  • Clinton Matter, (Managing Director & Co-Head Credit Opportunities Group, RBC)


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