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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

I always loved being independent and at the time clients of Shearson -- it was then Shearson at the time -- had great relationships, they loved it. They loved working with me, and so they were going to pay me, and so then I could then start my business. I didn't view is as starting a business. I just viewed it as, "I get to do what I like to do, which is to play the markets and they'll pay me to do that." And then I did that, and then of course what happens over time is you need things. So I need people to work with, and besides, I love playing the game with people. So I brought in other people, but people would do things, and so I get computers and I get other things over a period of time and it grows, and it became a company. But I never viewed it as a company. I really viewed it more like, "I'm doing this thing, and these are the things that I needed, those people in that group." And then I just kept doing it, and the things I needed became the company.
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Ray Dalio

Hedge Fund Master

Ray Dalio: I love global macro because it's everywhere in the world, and it's trying to understand how all the parts of the world operate. I love it because it's very, very practical. I like the fact that people are making subjective evaluations of how good I'm doing, but I can measure myself down to two decimal points. What's my performance? It's subjectively evaluated. I like the fact that I can go long or short, so that there's no such thing as good times or bad times. Most people have an industry or a profession, and they have cycles to them. In my case, I don't have any cycles. I have no excuses, just it's all on me. I can make bad mistakes and that's that reality. I like that. So it's those elements.
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Michael Dell

Founder & Chairman, Dell Inc.

Michael Dell: I liked to take things apart. I was always taking apart telephones, radios, televisions, sort of anything electronic I could get my hands on. I liked to kind of see how it worked and sometimes I'd put them back together too. But I was mostly interested in understanding how things worked.
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Michael Dell

Founder & Chairman, Dell Inc.

When I was in the seventh grade, I was in an advanced math class. And in my math teacher's classroom at the junior high school I went to, they got the first teletype terminal at the school. And this was of course before personal computers, and basically you could like write a program and send it off to a big mainframe -- the answer would come back. And I became kind of, you know, fascinated with this idea of a computing machine. I thought that was pretty cool, so I would sort of program this teletype terminal and sort of learned all I could about computers.
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Michael Dell

Founder & Chairman, Dell Inc.

Michael Dell: My mother was a financial consultant, so she was immersed in the world of stocks and bonds, and I kind of became interested in currencies and interest rates and what was going on with commodity prices. Kind of an odd thing for a 13-year-old to be doing, but I found it interesting and would sort of read reports and started playing around and investing in things and just found that whole idea fascinating.
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David Herbert Donald

Two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography

David Herbert Donald: American history is exciting, first of all. We are really the only modern nation whose entire career in our history is available to us. That is, we can go over the first papers, the settlement of Jamestown, all the way down to the present, and the documents are there. There are no mysteries about it. If you were writing about the history of England or Sweden or so on, you'd have to go back in the depth of time and still wouldn't know how things began. So in America, you have a kind of case study of the development of a nation and how it grew and why it grew and why it grew in this particular way, and this has always had a special fascination for me. With the Civil War, it is, in particular, the fascination of two roads. One might have led to an independent Confederacy, two nations on this continent. What would have happened since that time? So it encourages you to imagine things were different, and the other was the road that was taken. So one puzzles over these aspects and tries to figure out, "What can I do with this? What can I make out of it?"
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David Herbert Donald

Two Pulitzer Prizes for Biography

David Herbert Donald: I don't know how anybody judges the contributions he's made to a field. I can tell you that my largest contribution -- I'm sure the most lasting one -- is my graduate students. I began having graduate students at a very early age and continued until my retirement, and ultimately I had between 70 and 100 graduate doctoral students, of whom 50 at least have published major books. Many of these were dissertations that they did under my direction and then published, and these students are now major professors at major institutions all over the country. I can think of myself as, in a sense, a kind of a Johnny Appleseed, spreading the word, so to speak, in a lot of different places. I believe I am right in saying they are all fond of me. I am in touch with them all. I write to them, I think of them frequently, I think of their children as being my intellectual grandchildren, and in a few cases, I have actually taught their grandchildren, which is nice too. Now, was there any particular moment that I would say this is the peak of my career? In a sense, it was. By that point, this is 1960. Teaching at Princeton, vacation was just over. We came back, and I was meeting my class all over again. It was a sizeable class, 200 students, something like that, and I enjoy lecturing. I enjoy talking. I liked these students. I liked talking to them and so on, and we were going along one day after another, and one morning, I came in. As I came in, every student rose and started clapping. They had just heard that I had won a Pulitzer Prize, and I hadn't heard it myself. I was just overwhelmed, and I think that may have been the high point of my career.
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