Meet Espen "Erik The Viking" Baardsen, The Man Who Gave Up Soccer For Hugh Hendry

Espen Baardsen

American born Norwegian Espen Baardsen used to play goalkeeper in the sport of soccer, spending time at clubs in the U.S. as well as Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, and Everton in England.

At Totenham, Baardsen was nicknamed “Erik the Viking.” He played for the Norwegian national team, opting for his country of heritage rather than his country of birth. He went to the World Cup with Norway in 1998.

But at the age of 25, Baardsen left the game and traveled the world, citing boredom as his reason for leaving the sport.

It wasn’t until a year later that his true reason for leaving sports was discovered, when Baardsen followed up on his other passion: finance.

In 2005, he joined Hugh Hendry’s outfit, Eclectica Asset Management, where he is now a partner, fund manager, and macro analyst.

Baardsen has described his current job as less stressful, compared to being screamed at by 40,000 soccer fans every weekend.

Judging from that, we assume that he must get along well with Hendry, who is known for happily and aggresively taking on arguments.

Here are some fun facts: Baardsen is a fan of Ludwig von Mises Institute, which aims to advance the views of the Austrian School of Economics, and Ron Paul, according to Facebook.

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