It's been a tough couple of years for guys who work on Wall Street. Their bonuses were cock-blocked by the financial crisis (or nervous bosses forbade them from spending with the profligacy that comes naturally); they were spat upon by protesters; called greedy bastards by the president, Congress, and their own mothers. But now it's time to stop the player-hating. The rest of America may see Wall Street as a mass of faceless, greedy jerks, but here in New York, we know it is a rich tapestry of individuals with thoughts, interests, and feelings. Some of whom, in addition to being very wealthy, are actually quite good-looking! And single!
To compile this list of Foxes of Finance, Daily Intel teamed up with Dealbreaker's Bess Levin. We cracked open our virtual and actual address books and called people at hedge funds, large financial institutions and in the financial media to ask them a serious, important question: What cute single guys do you know? We logged countless hours drunkenly eyeballing the crowds at book parties and conferences, stalking Facebook profiles, and eventually, relentlessly pursuing the people on this list by email and phone like a couple of desperate hussies. We did all of this for you. Sad to say, there were a few big fish who got away: For instance, if anyone has pictures of the elusive Nate "smoking hot" Storch from Talpion, or Ross "hands down the hottest" Schubak from George Weiss Associates, do send them over. And if you think we've missed anyone else spectacular, e-mail us at intel[AT]nymag.com, subject line "Hottest Bachelors." In the meantime, enjoy our slideshow.
Updated: Thank you for your submissions! We have appraised them and deemed three new Foxes fit for list, so far. We are however rescinding our request for photos of Ross Schubak, because as it turns out he kind of looks like Joey Donner from Ten Things I Hate About You.
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Occupation: Managing director and member of the executive committee at D.E. Shaw
Education: B.A., University of Virginia
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Beck grew up in Austin, Texas, and majored in history and Russian studies in college. He joined D.E. Shaw as a "generalist associate" in 1993, and has risen through the ranks since. According to Institutional Investor, he is known for his unconventionally rumpled clothing. He lives in Tribeca.
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Occupation: Founder owner and managing partner, Owl Creek Asset Management
Education: B.S., Tulane
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: According to Trader Monthly, Altman took home $75-$100 million in 2007, some of which he used to buy a pretty amazing-looking apartment in Greenwich Village. He's also, according to our sources, "one of the most notorious bachelors in the hedge-fund arena," so look out.
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Occupation: Founder and CEO of hedge fund Enso Capital Management
Education: B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Josh is the son of billionaire BlackRock chief Larry Fink, so, hello, prenup. Still, by most accounts he is self-made. Friends say he is "very driven" — he started Enso when he was just 22 — and "quick-witted." He's equally interested in sports (skiing, running, mountain climbing) and culture — he has a contemporary-art collection, and also, we're told, has recently made forays into the movie business. Ladies, the gentleman prefers brunettes: In the past, he's said to have dated Bianna Golodryga, the soon-to-be-wife of outgoing White House budget director Peter Orszag.
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Occupation: Co-founding partner and head trader at long/short hedge fund Harrier Hawk Management
Education: B.A. in religious studies from University of Virginia
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Geary is the great, great, great, great grandson of John W. Geary, the first mayor of San Francisco and a governor of the Kansas Territory and Pennsylvania. His mother is Hilary Geary Ross, a society writer for Quest magazine, who is married to legendary investment banker Wilbur Ross. An avid golfer, Ted lives on Park Avenue, and splits his time between New York, Southampton, and Palm Beach. Don't be thrown by his pretentious (extremely) old-money Wasp pedigree: Ted is not only a Phillies fan, he's apparently "one of the funniest dudes on Wall Street."
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Occupation: Founder and CIO, Tilden Park Capital ManagementEducation: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: A native of Oakland, California, Birnbaum started at Goldman Sachs shortly after graduation from Wharton in 1993, where he eventually became part of Goldman's subprime market-shorting dream team. He left to start his own shop, Tilden Park Capital Management, in 2008, with a reported $1 billion in startup money. While he may have seemed stiff while testifying in front of Congress this past spring, friends say he is "extremely well-mannered, a perfect gentleman." He has an apartment in Soho, and a 2006 listing in Hamptons magazine's "Blackbook: Wall Streeters Edition," suggests a beach situation as well.
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Education: B.A., Pace University
Occupation: Senior analyst at Forum Asset Management
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Born in Lyon, France, Genechesi currently lives in Hell's Kitchen. He loves soccer, tennis, and travel. Friends say he is "super-sweet," and wants to have children, and although he hangs out mostly with his “French crowd” he is said to be "making an effort to branch out." Help him branch out, ladies!
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Nicolas Genechesi, Again
Sorry, but we thought you should see the color photo as well. Weren't we right?
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Age: 40. "Just turned 40, actually."
Occupation: General counsel and chief compliance officer for Veritable Investment Consultants LP, an investment firm with $9 billion under management. It's in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, but close enough. Anyway, there's less competition down there.
Education B.A. from LaSalle University, J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government.
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Before joining Veritable in 2001, Keates worked as assistant county counsel for the Atlantic County Department of Law, in beautiful Atlantic City. (He owns a beach house on the Jersey Shore.) An avid marathon runner, he's also a culture buff: He served as a former trustee for the Philadelphia Ballet, and "has an amazing rare print collection." He also "collects club memberships like parking tickets."
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Occupation: President and chief investing officer of Mudrick Capital Management
Education: B.A. from University of Chicago, J.D. from Harvard Law School
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: In addition to being really really ridiculously good-looking, Mudrick is a Brain: Prior to starting his fund, he taught economics classes to Harvard undergrads for two years. He lives in Tribeca.
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Age: He wouldn't tell us, but he was in BNP Paribas' "young executives" program in 1997.
Education: B.A. from Pantheon-Assas Paris II University, Master's from École Supérieure de Commerce de Reims
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Pasquinelli was born in France, but worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and London. In the early aughts, he joined the London-based hedge fund Aspect Capital, but now he's back in New York. He apparently has a girlfriend, but has yet to put a ring on it, which is why we cropped her out. (It might not be as easy in real life, but for those up to a challenge...)
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Occupation: Co-founding partner, CEO, and head trader, BlueCrest Capital Management, one of the most profitable hedge funds "on the planet," according to Bloomberg. BlueCrest is based in London, though Platt is "in New York all the time."
Education: Imperial College, London School of Economics
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: British-born Platt loves his late Nana, whom he credits with getting him started. “My grandmother was a serious equity trader,” he has said. “When I was a kid, I used to go round to her house, and she’d be sitting there working out what she was going to buy and at what profit levels. She wasn’t like most grandmothers.” He's a serious contemporary art collector who recently started a really interesting art-by-commission business. He's also fun: Last year, he hired a Michael Jackson impersonator to play at BlueCrest's annual Christmas party.
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Occupation: Founder, CEO and head trader, Rhino Trading Partners
Education: University of Wisconsin
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Steinman, a Yankees fan, lives in the West Village. He was apparently engaged once, but it didn't work out, for reasons unknown to Daily Intel. He wants to get married and loves kids, but apparently "he thinks New York can be a hard place to meet people." Show him how wrong he is!
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Occupation: CEO, CFVM Alternative Investments
Education: University of California, Irvine
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Talebi used to work at Chimay Capital Management, but, well, this happened. He was married in his early 20s for around eight years, and has an adorable son, pictured, who lives in California with his ex-wife. Hence, he splits his time between midtown and Laguna Beach. Hobbies include surfing and various charitable endeavors. Although we have heard Talebi "affects the persona of a hilarious superballer," he swears he has mellowed out. "I keep as far away from the 'hedge-fund scene' as humanly possible," he tells Daily Intel. "You won't find me at Cipriani's, Soho House, or RDV East in Southampton ... not anymore, at least." He adds that he is "open to another joint venture in the future" and particularly "keen to make/raise more offspring under appropriate circumstances."
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Occupation: Principal at Arlon Group
Education: B.A., History and Economics, Brown University
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: Dirty little secret: once rocked a mullet.
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Occupation: Vice President of Credit Suisse, Investment Banking Division
Education: Columbia University, Columbia Business School
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: According to his Facebook profile, he is into Pink Floyd. An acquaintance sums it up: "He sells longevity as an asset class (life settlements, etc), meaning he's a literal Merchant of Death, and his name is Mohammad: so whether you're a W.A.S.P or a Jew, he's the perfect man to piss off Dad."
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Occupation: Founder and principal, Sand Hill Research Partners
Education: B.S. in Finance and International Business, NYU Stern School of Business.
Impress Him, or Creep Him Out, by Knowing This: According to his official bio, Michael was the youngest person ever chosen to participate in the Young Leaders Program for the American Council on Germany. A friend says he's "brilliant." Incidentally, he was a competitive swimmer throughout his youth, competing in all 50 states by the time he reached college. (You know what that means: Michael Phelps abs!) He has never been married and lives in the Financial District.