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Bridgewater Hires Poker Star

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Vanessa Selbst, the world’s most successful female poker player, has joined Bridgewater Associates.

Editor’s Remarks: Over the past 12 years, Selbst has won $11.9m playing poker and now, aged 33, she is changing careers. She has joined Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund with over $160bn under management. Her role, which she actually took up over four months ago, focuses on trading research and strategy. Although she has not made any formal comment, Selbst posted on Facebook that her role felt “a lot like poker did back in the day — a bunch of nerdy kids collaborating to beat our opponents”. Ray Dalio’s latest star hire is not just a poker ace, however; she graduated from Yale before joining McKinsey and later completed a law degree also at Yale.

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