Bridge­wa­ter’s Mil­len­nial Edge

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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

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