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Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

American investor
Ray Dalio
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Intro American investor
Known for Founder of Bridgewater Associates
A.K.A. Raymond Dalio
Is Financial professional Hedge fund manager Investor Financier
From United States of America
Type Business Finance
Gender male
Birth 8 August 1949, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, USA
Age 71 years
Star sign Leo
Residence Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA; Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Children: Paul Dalio
Harvard Business School
Harvard University
Long Island University
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Raymond Dalio (born August 8, 1949) is an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. Dalio is the founder, co-chairman and co-chief investment officer of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds. Bloomberg ranked him as the world's 58th-wealthiest person in June 2019.

Early life and education

Ray Dalio was born in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City's Queens borough. He is the son of a jazz musician, Marino Dallolio (1911–2002), who "played the clarinet and saxophone at Manhattan jazz clubs such as the Copacabana," and Ann, a homemaker. He is of Italian descent.

Dalio began investing at age 12 when he bought shares of Northeast Airlines for $300 and tripled his investment after the airline merged with another company. Dalio received a bachelor's degree in finance from Long Island University (CW Post) and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.

Investment career

After completing his education, Dalio worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and traded commodity futures. He later worked as the Director of Commodities at Dominick & Dominick LLC. In 1974 he became a futures trader and broker at Shearson Hayden Stone. In 1975 he founded investment management firm Bridgewater Associates out of his apartment. The firm opened an office in Westport, Connecticut in 1981 and became the world's largest hedge fund in 2005. As of October 2017 it had $160 billion in assets under management. In 2007 Bridgewater suggested there might be a global financial crisis, and in 2008 Dalio published "How the Economic Machine Works: A Template for Understanding What is Happening Now", an essay assessing the potential of various economies by various criteria.

In 2011 he self-published a 123-page volume, "Principles", that outlines his philosophy of investment and corporate management based on a lifetime of observation, analysis and practical application through his hedge fund.

In 2012 Dalio appeared on the annual Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2011 and 2012 Bloomberg Markets listed him as one of the 50 Most Influential people. Institutional Investor's Alpha ranked him No. 2 on their 2012 Rich List.

In 2017 Simon & Schuster published Principles: Life & Work. The book was a New York Times #1 best-seller and Amazon's #1 business book of 2017. Dalio discusses his background as a backdrop for his takeaways about life and work. He has announced that he will write a second volume, Principles: Economics & Investing.

Dalio has said that he could continue improving his returns by solidifying recurring lessons into "principles."

Dalio was co-CEO of Bridgewater for 10 months before announcing in March 2017 that he would step down as part of a company-wide shake-up by April 15. The company had been in a seven-year management and equity transition to find a replacement. Jon Rubinstein, co-CEO of the fund, was announced to step down with Dalio, but would retain an advisory role. On April 7, 2019, Dalio said on 60 Minutes that income inequality in the United States was a national emergency requiring reform.

In July 2019, Dalio called for a reform of capitalism and described wealth inequality as a national emergency. In November 2019 Dalio posted a blog entry stating that excess capital, unfunded social liabilities, and government deficits have created a recipe for disaster, in what he called a "paradigm shift".

Personal life

Dalio resides with his wife Barbara, a descendant of sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (married in 1976/77) in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is known to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. They have four sons, Devon, Paul, Matthew, and Mark. Devon, their eldest son (born March 26, 1978), was named after North Devon cattle because Ray was deeply involved in cattle futures at the time. Second son Paul Dalio is a film director. Matthew Ace "Matt" Dalio, their third son, is founder and chairman of the China Care Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to help Chinese orphans, and co-founder and CEO of Endless Mobile, Inc., a computer operating system company. Their youngest son Mark Dalio is a wildlife filmmaker.


According to Forbes magazine, Dalio's net worth was $18.6 billion as of January 2019. In 2018 Dalio was ranked 25th in the Forbes 400 list. In 2014 he reportedly earned $1.1 billion, including a share of his firm's management and performance fees, cash compensation and stock and option awards.


Dalio giving a speech on philanthropy

In April 2011 Dalio and his wife joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, vowing to donate more than half his fortune to charitable causes within his lifetime. Through the Dalio Foundation, he has directed millions in donations to the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes and sponsors research on Transcendental Meditation. The Dalio Foundation has also contributed to the National Philanthropic Trust, to polio eradication projects, and to NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. The foundation has also supported the Fund for Teachers, an initiative that supports professional learning fellowships for teachers.

The Dalio Foundation was part of a group of foundations supporting the 2018 launch of TED's Audacious Project, an initiative to fund social entrepreneurs working to solve global issues. In March 2019 Dalio was named one of the highest-earning hedge fund managers and traders by Forbes.

In 2018, OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio family, and Bloomberg Philanthropies committed $185 million over a period of four years to protect the oceans.

Published works

  • How the Economic Machine Works; A Template for Understanding What is Happening Now (2007)
  • Principles (2017)
  • A Template For Understanding Big Debt Crises (2018)
  • Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed (2019)

Awards and honors

Principles was listed among the 13 Best Business Books of 2017 by CNBC.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Jan 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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