By Neil Wilson
A decade ago, its doubtful many students, if any, from
top universities around the world would have contemplated a
career in the hedge fund industry. Back then, hedge funds were
widely viewed as an insignificant cottage industry a
sideshow to the main action in the financial world, and on the
wilder fringes, too. Most students looking into finance would
have been exploring opportunities at the big institutional
firms in banking, brokerage or asset management and would
hardly have given a second thought to the idea of a career in
the cowboy world of hedge funds.
Just how much things have changed in the decade since was
emphasized to me by a top-quality event put on in London this
January by the student union body of the London School of
Economics. This was only the second...