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Poker Champ To Join World's Largest Hedge Fund

Vanessa Selbst To Join Group That Manages $160B


Poker legend Vanessa Selbst announced just a couple of weeks ago that she was stepping away from poker to pursue a gig at a hedge fund. She didn’t reveal the name of the hedge fund at the time of her surprise retirement announcement.

Per a report from Bloomberg, Selbst joined Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. The media outlet cited an unnamed source. According to Forbes, Bridgewater manages a whopping $160 billion.

Selbst, 33, ended her professional poker-playing career with nearly $12 million in lifetime tournament earnings, including three World Series of Poker bracelets. She’s the top female tournament earner of all-time.

Selbst described her role at Bridgewater as being involved with “trading research and strategy.” She called her new job “exhausting, exciting, and completely humbling.”

She admitted that she doesn’t know if working at a hedge fund will ultimately work out. The poker great also didn’t say how much she will be making away from the tables. As part of her career change, Selbst ended her sponsorship with PokerStars, the world’s largest poker site.