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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ultimate Chess List of World's Top Business Honchos

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Hi everyone,

We found this great article on chess players/lovers in business! Gus Lubin and Samantha Cortez compiled a list in Business Insider of 24 executives who are exceptional at chess. The article begins with a very nice quote by Bob Rice. In Three Moves Ahead: What Chess Can Teach You About Business, Rice wrote: "The more you look at the business world, the more you see that successful companies and the people who run them use chess strategies routinely (whether they know it or not)."

Some of the names that Lubin and Cortez have listed:

Jared Hecht, Co-founder of GroupMe
Andrei Filatov, Co-owner, N-Trans Group
Seth Bannon, Founder & CEO, Amicus
Rex Sinquefield, Co-founder, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Author
Victoria Livschitz, Founder, CEO, Grid Dynamics
Joe Lonsdale, Co-founder, Palantir Technologies and Addepar
Josh Weinstein, Founder of YouAre.TV
Elina Groberman, Former Deutsche Bank trader
Barney Pell, Co-Founder of Powerset; Founder of Moon Express
Boaz Weinstein, Hedge fund manager
Alan Trefler, CEO, Pegasystems
Peter Thiel, Hedge Fund Manager, Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder of PayPal
Vivek Rao, Former quantitative financial analyst
Max Dlugy, Manager, Diversified Property Fund; Co-founder, International Chess Management Inc.
Michael Wilder, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery
Patrick Wolff, Director of Grandmaster Capital


Can you name her, tell us her chess rating
and her claim to fame in the business world?

... and several others including Bill Gates, George Soros, Carl Icahn, Pierre Omidyar, Michael Birch, A.G. Lafley, Jim Slater, Douglas Hirsch and Auren Hoffman.

You could suggest someone if they have been missed in the full list of chess players in business.

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