Chapter 13

Roberto Mignone

Fruits of Firsthand Knowledge

TO UNDERSTAND what drives Roberto Mignone's approach to managing money, you need an appreciation of how ancient Greek and Latin are studied. Mignone's classical, liberal arts education at Harvard taught him lessons that the Street teaches only the hard way: the importance of primary sources, the benefits of being a generalist, the superiority of simple themes, and the advantages of taking the less-traveled path.

Mignone's unlikely route from majoring in Greek and Latin to working in finance ultimately led him to Bridger Management in New York, the $2.1 billion hedge fund he started in July 2000, when he was just shy of his twenty-ninth birthday. “Studying classics is something that doesn't ...

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