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Paul Tudor Jones II
Born September 28, 1954 (1954-09-28) (age 55)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality  United States
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation hedge fund manager
Home town Greenwich,CT
Spouse(s) Sonia 1988
Children 4
Parents John Paul Jones, attorney

Paul Tudor Jones II (born September 28, 1954, Memphis, Tennessee) is the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. He is worth an estimated $3.3 billion and was ranked by Forbes in March 2007 as the 369th richest person in the world.[1] According to reports, he made $750 million in 2006.


Business life

For elementary school, Jones went to Presbyterian Day School before attending Memphis University School for high school and then University of Virginia, earning an undergraduate degree in economics in 1976 as well as a welterweight boxing championship. [2]

In 1976 he started working on the trading floors as a clerk and then became a broker for E.F. Hutton. In 1980 he went strictly on his own for two and a half profitable years, but "really got bored." He then applied to Harvard Business School, was accepted, and packed to go when the idea occurred to him that: "this is crazy, because for what I'm doing here, they're not going to teach me anything. This skill set is not something that they teach in business school." [3]

He consulted his cousin, William Dunavant Jr., for advice. Dunavant, whose Dunavant Enterprises is one of the world's largest cotton merchants, sent Jones down to New Orleans to talk with commodity broker Eli Tullis, who hired and mentored him to trade cotton futures at the New York Cotton Exchange.

Jones later said:

"He was the toughest son of a bitch [Eli Tullis] I ever knew. He taught me that trading is very competitive and you have to be able to handle getting your butt kicked. No matter how you cut it, there are enormous emotional ups and downs involved."[4]

In 1980 he founded Tudor Investment Corporation which is today a leading asset management firm headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Tudor Group, which consists of Tudor Investment Corporation and its affiliates, is involved in active trading, investing and research in the global equity, venture capital, debt, currency and commodity markets.

One of Jones' earliest and major successes was predicting Black Monday in 1987, tripling his money during the event due to large short positions.[5]

Jones uses a global macro strategy when trading in some of his funds. This strategy can be seen in the 1987 PBS film "TRADER: The Documentary". [6] The film shows Mr. Jones as a young man predicting the 1987 crash using methods similar to market forecaster Robert Prechter.

Although the video was shown on public television in November 1987, very few copies exist. Those that do are hoarded by traders who watch the hourlong movie in the hope of gleaning possible trading tips from Jones. On the Internet, bids for the video start at $295. According to Michael Glyn, the video’s director, Jones requested in the 1990s that the documentary be removed from circulation. [7] The video surfaced briefly on YouTube at the end of July 2009, before being taken down due to alleged copyright violation.[1] Jones' firm currently manages $17.7 billion (as of June 1, 2007). Their investment capabilities are broad and diverse, including global macro trading, fundamental equity investing in the U.S. and Europe, emerging markets, venture capital, commodities, event driven strategies and technical trading systems.

Trading style and beliefs

As reported in Market Wizards, Jones futures trading style and beliefs are summarized as follows [8]:

  • Contrarian attempt to buy and sell turning points. Keeps trying the single trade idea until he changes his mind, fundamentally. Otherwise, he keeps cutting his position size down. Then he trades the smallest amount when his trading is at its worst.
  • Considers himself as a premier market opportunist. When he develops an idea he pursues it from a very-low-risk standpoint until he has been proven wrong repeatedly, or until he changes his viewpoint.
  • Swing trader, the best money is made at the market turns. Has missed a lot of meat in the middle, but catches a lot of tops and bottoms.
  • Spends his day making himself happy and relaxed. Gets out if a losing position is making him uncomfortable. Nothing’s better than a fresh start. Key is to play great defense, not great offense.
  • Never average losers. Decreases his trading size when he is doing poorly, increase when he is trading well.
  • He has mental stops. If it hits that number, he is out no matter what. He uses not only price stops, but time stops.
  • Monitors the whole portfolio equity (risk) in realtime.
  • He believes prices move first and fundamentals come second.
  • He doesn’t care about mistakes made 3 seconds ago, but what he is going to do from the next moment on.
  • Don't be a hero. Don't have an ego. Always question yourself and your ability. Don’t ever feel that you are very good. The second you do, you are dead.


Jones is the founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, a philanthropic organization mainly backed by hedge fund operators. He also formed a $125 million commodity pool with LBO executive Ray Chambers, called the One to One Charitable Fund, that devoted most of its profits to helping disadvantaged children.

He is the Chairman of the Board of the Excellence Charter School, the country's first all-boys charter school, located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

He owns Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Western Serengeti and was recently lauded by the East African country’s Parliament for not permitting hunting in his reserve.Jones has been working with Tanzania and Paul Milton of Hart Howerton, a London architectural firm that specializes in large-scale land use, to develop regional plans for the sustainability of the area, its wildlife and its local communities.

He has also made large donations to his alma mater, the University of Virginia, including a $20 million donation which went to the construction of a new basketball arena, named John Paul Jones Arena in honor of his father.[9]

Jones is a director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and The Everglades Foundation.

Personal life

Jones has been married to his wife Sonia, a former Australian fashion model, since 1988. They have four children.[10][11] Jones' father, John Paul Jones, is an attorney who attended the University of Virginia.

In 1990, Jones pleaded guilty to illegally filling protected wetlands on his estate, and paid a $2 million settlement. [12]


  1. ^ "#369 Paul Tudor Jones II". The World's Billionaires. 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2007-04-16.  
  2. ^ "Paul Tudor Jones". The Wall Street 100. 1990-07-10. Retrieved 2007-11-17.  
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  4. ^ Paul Tudor Jones insights from
  5. ^ "#382 Paul Jones II". The World's Richest People. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2007-04-16.  
  6. ^ "Long Distance Dealing". New York Times. (2007-10-13). Retrieved 2007-11-17.  
  7. ^ "The Man Who Won as Others Lost". New York Times. (2007-10-13). Retrieved 2007-11-17.  
  8. ^ "Paul Jones II". Paul Tudor Jones. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2007-11-17.  
  9. ^ John Paul Jones Arena
  10. ^ $20 Million Gift From Alumnus Paul Tudor Jones Puts U.Va. Basketball Arena Project On The Fast Track
  11. ^ Paul Tudor Jones and Tudor Investment
  12. ^ Financial World, The Wall Street 100, By Stephen Taub, David Carey, Amy Barrett, Richard J. Coletti and Jackie Gold, July 10, 1990, Page 56,

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