144. Paul Tu­dor Jones II

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The founder of hedge fund firm Tu­dor In­vest­ment is known for his as­tute macro trades, but Jones didn’t al­ways have a hot hand. Slightly built as a kid, Paul kept try­ing team sports but was too small to com­pete. In the 10th grade he turned to box­ing, which al­lowed him to fight ri­vals his own size, and even­tu­ally be­came a wel­ter­weight cham­pion at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia with a ca­reer 20–2 record. In 1986, he adopted a class of 6th graders in Brook­lyn, promis­ing to pay for col­lege if they grad­u­ated high school, but found out af­ter 6 years of work that his kids did no bet­ter than stu­dents from nearby schools. Con­clud­ing that change has to start ear­lier than age 12, Jones started the first all-boys char­ter school in the na­tion in 2004. He also co­founded an­tipoverty char­ity Robin Hood Foun­da­tion.

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