19 Hot Shot Athletes On Wall Street

Evelyn Stevens

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Steve Ryan

Competition is pretty much ubiquitous with the high-flying world of finance.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many stellar athletes either work, or have worked, on Wall Street. 

We’ve compiled a list of top athletes ranging from professional football players to Olympians working in positions from sales trader to hedge fund manager. 

Some are still working in finance, while others have retired. We even found one who left banking to pursue a career as a pro athlete. 

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Keith McCullough

Wall Street Career: McCullough is the CEO and founder of Hedgeye Risk Management. Prior to starting Hedgeye, he was a hedge fund manager at Carlyle-Blue Wave Partners, Magnetar Capital, Falconhenge Partners and Dawson-Herman Capital Management. His first Wall Street gig was working as an institutional equity sales analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. McCullough regularly appears on CNBC.

Athletic Career: He captained the Yale Varsity Hockey Team to a Division I Ivy League Championship.

Source: Hedgeye

Gerald Donini

Wall Street Career: Donini is currently the head of equities at Barclays' offices in New York. His previous experience includes working at Lehman Brothers from 1998 to 2008. Prior to Lehman, he worked at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston and O'Connor & Associates.

Athletic Career: Donini was the shot put champion at Brown University. He still holds the school record.

Source: BrownBears.com / Bloomberg

Jeff 'The Killer' Kilburg

Wall Street Career: Kilburg is a senior development director at Treasury Curve, LLC. He began hs career at the CBOE and later moved to the CBOT, which is now called the CME Group. Kilburg regularly appears on CNBC.

Athletic Career: Kilburg was a four-year football scholarship student-athlete at Notre Dame.

Source: Treasury Curve

Jon 'DRJ' Najarian

Wall Street Career: Najarian is the co-founder of optionMONSTER.com. He started his career in finance at the CBOE in 1981 and spent 25 years in the trading pits. In 1989, he founded Mercury Trading and ran the firm until 2004 when he sold the trading-floor operations to hedge fund Citadel. He regularly appears on CNBC 'Fast Money.'

Athletic Career: He had a brief stint in the NFL with the Chicago Bears as a linebacker.

Source: CNBC

Pete 'The Boss' Najarian

Wall Street Career: Najarian is co-founder of optionMONSTER.com. He started his career in trading at Mercury Trading with his brother. He later headed the firm's risk and arbitrage and eventually led its entry onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). You can also see Najarian on CNBC's 'Fast Money.'

Athletic Career: Najarian played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Source: CNBC

John Shaffer

Wall Street Career: Shaffer is a partner at Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman, he was in debt and equity at Merrill Lynch.

Athletic Career: Shaffer was the 1986 National Championship quarterback at Penn State.

Source: Business Insider

Dave Brown

Wall Street Career: Brown is currently a partner at investment bank Greenhill & Co. He worked at Lehman Brothers in 2008 as a senior VP of Lehman's Private Fund Marketing Group. Before Lehman he was a director at New York Life Investment Management.

Athletic Career: Brown was a back-up quarterback for the New York Giants and the Arizona Cardinals.

Source: Fins

Source: Wikipedia

Jay McCareins

Wall Street Career: McCareins has been an energy trader/ analyst at hedge fund George Weiss Associates since April 2008.

Athletic Career: While at Princeton, he was a four-year starter on the Varsity football team. He was named Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp First Team Football All-American Cornerback and was a three-time All Ivy Team. He had a brief stint in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.

Source: LinkedIn

Phil Falcone

Wall Street Career: Falcone is a billionaire hedge fund manager and the founder of Harbinger Capital.

Athletic Career: Growing up in Minnesota, Falcone was a talented hockey player. He was even able to earn a scholarship to Harvard and later played professionally in Sweden. After his brief stint in pro hockey, which ended because of a knee injury, he hung up his pads and skates and began his career on Wall Street as a junior junk-bond trader.

Source: Reuters

Ty Danco

Wall Street Career: Danco began his career in finance in 1983 at Lehman Brothers. During his Wall Street career, he worked at Lehman, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Nomura for a decade followed by eight years working on fixed income buy-side at Dwight Asset Management. In 2000, he founded eSecLending, which was acquired by TA Associates in 2006. He retired from eSecLending in 2009 and invested in about 30 startup companies as an angel investor.

Athletic Career: Danco competed in the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics for the US Luge Team. Luge is the fastest sport on ice.

Source: LinkedIn

J. Michael Evans

Wall Street Career: Evans is Goldman Sachs' head of global growth markets and he's a vice-chairman at the investment bank.

Athletic Career: He was a member of the Canadian men's eights team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Source: WSJ

Source: Wikipedia

Trip Kuehne

Wall Street Career: Kuehne is currently the senior managing partner and founder of Texas-based hedge fund Double Eagle Capital. Prior to starting Double Eagle, he worked for Legg Mason Wood and Walker and White Rock Capital.

Athletic Career: Kuehne left the PGA Tour to pursue a career on Wall Street. His golf career accomplishments include a NCAA Championship and 2 USGA Championships. Kuehne represented the United States on 3 Walker Cup teams and 1 World Amateur team and was a 3-Time NCAA All-American.

Source: Double Eagle Capital

Josh Lewsey

Wall Street Career: Lewsey is a European equities sales trader for Citi's London offices. He joined the bank in the fall of 2011.

Athletic Career: Lewsey is a former England rugby star player who was a member of the 2003 World Cup championship team. During his rugby career, he won England 55 caps (points). He alternated between fullback, wing and centre positions for the Wasps. He retired from the sport in 2009. However, he briefly ended his retirement last year to join the Wasps for another season.

Source: Business Insider

Jimmy King

Wall Street Career: King was a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch from Dec. 2005 to March 2007. According to FINRA records, he is not currently registered.

Athletic Career: King is remembered for being part of University of Michigan's 'Fab Five' basketball team making it to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game in 1992 and 1993 as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. He played briefly in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors.

Source: Fins

Ned Bolcar

Wall Street Career: Bolcar is a sales trader at Gleacher & Co. Prior to joining Gleacher, he worked at ICAP and before that he was a sales trader at Jefferies & Co.

Athletic Career: Bolcar completed three seasons in the NFL (one with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Miami Dolphins). He played football while at Notre Dame where he was named a two-time second team All-American (1987, 1989). He also captained the 1988 championship team.

Source: Gleacher & Co./ Wikipedia

Evelyn Stevens

Wall Street Career: Stevens was an associate at Gleacher Partners from July 2007 to July 2009. Prior to that, she worked as an analyst at Lehman Brothers from 2005 to 2007.

Athletic Career: She's currently a professional cyclist at Team specialised Lululemon. Prior to joining that team, she cycled for Team HTC-Highroad.

Source: LinkedIn

Jesse Jantzen

Wall Street Career: Jantzen is a vice president at Clearview Capital managing a long/short equity portfolio as well as all private equity and alternative investments.

Athletic Career: While at Harvard, Jantzen won the 149 lb. weight class during the 2004 NCAA Division I wresting national championship. In 2005, Jantzen won the University World Games.

Source: LinkedIn/ JesseJantzen.com

Mark Patterson

Wall Street Career: Patterson is the co-founder of private equity firm MatlinPatterson, which was established as a spinout from Credit Suisse.

Athletic Career: He currently races with United Autosports.

John Cholish

Wall Street Career: Cholish is an energy broker for the Intercontinental Exchange. He's a former Merrill Lynch trader. He got a job at Morgan Stanley after graduating from Cornell in 2005.

Athletic Career: Cholish, a mixed martial artist, competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fight Championship.

Source: Business Insider

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