Bridgewater’s Millennial Edge
Karen Karniol-tambour figured she’d become a professor, like her parents. Instead, at 33, she’s research chief at the world’s biggest hedge fund.
hedge fund, with $160 billion in assets, she directs a 150-person operation that Paul Volcker has described as producing “more relevant statistics and analyses than the Federal Reserve.”
Sitting in her small, spartan office at Bridgewater’s headquarters in Westport, Connecticut, KarniolTambour unfolds an 11-by-17 sheet and waves it around. “The only piece of paper I have with me at all times—my current list of projects,” she says. No surprise she won’t share the 25 or so items on the list, but she gives a taste of their scope. One focuses on glob-
By Nathan Vardi