16 Year Old PE MD

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Rank: Senior Chimp | 26

Hello WSO, allow me to introduce myself. I am junior in high school from the PNW region, and I think the only thing in this world which I am good at right now, is finance (and fashion but let's not talk about that rn). I know a lot of annoying kids say this, and then they go on to talk about how they watch Bloomberg and read the Economist, but I am a bit different.
First I have actually accomplished a little bit in the field at a high school level. I was a top 5 finalist in the International Competition for DECA beating out over 20,000 students and over 100,000 worldwide, and I have consistently been the state champion in finance events. Last summer I took my DECA business to the real world creating a modern FinTech company, which only in the span of a few short months, got recognized by investors, and we are now in the process of securing series A funding. I own a nonprofit to foster entrepreneurship, and I have helped many young business owners all across the United States. Moreover being obsessed with investing like every other finance teen claims I also used to religiously study investment tactics and philosophies, particularly Ray Dalio, Stevie Cohen, and ofc Buffet. I also studied arbitrage, but obviously, I can't really do that. However, I actually did something with this. Taking some of my father money, I invested it using it and began to beat the market. I later expanded this to friends and family and now I manage a small fund of ~140K AUM(Over 120K is daddy's cash). I focused this fund on impact investing and social benefit, with a dividend reinvestment program focused on investing in crucial environmental and social issues we care deeply about. However, what I feel really sets me apart is my job. I am currently an Equity Research Analyst at a sub 10B MF, focusing my research on disruptive technologies. I already know a bit of long term modeling, and what's cool is that my research aided a position worth around $10 million dollars. I was super lucky to get this gig, but it paid off in terms of how much I was able to learn and the work I was able to do.
In terms of my academic track record, I'm alright. I have a 3.7UW GPA taking a total of 17 AP Classes over my high school career. I have an okay 1510 SAT. I know my teachers like me and I'll get good recs but I really hope that my GPA doesn't stop me from being able to attend a top undergrad business school.
In terms of career aspiration I really want to work in a PE mega-fund, becoming an MD by the time I turn 31/32. I feel at an MD level you can truly enact change and set strategy. I have studied the LBO model and I really love how PE has an emphasis on long term investment as well as corporate structure. I know that is almost impossible but I feel that with the love I have for this field, I could do it. I really want to go to a top undergrad business school so PE firms will even consider me for internships so I can maybe one day have a shot at being recruited from undergrad. If I lucky enough to get into a top undergrad business school I will definitely start learning modeling because I know that is like the biggest thing many PE firms look from newbies. I learned this by religiously studying the WSO PE recruitment forums, so I've picked up a thing or 2. Also I want to do a Finance Major but I will def do a minor/double major in systems engineering or maybe CS with a focus in ML/AI so I can still have some analytical edge.
I know this was a lot and many of you may think I am an idiot, but there really is nothing else I have felt such a connection with other than finance in my whole life, and I truly feel like this is the only thing which I am capable of doing. With that being said, if any of you have any tips or anything regarding PE or the finance game in general, I would be very appreciative.

Thanks,
- Future PE MD hehe

Comments (14)

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Mar 8, 2019

Woah slow down there killer. Save some pussy for the rest of us.

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Mar 8, 2019

What was that one thread about WSO going downhill? Oh, right.

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Mar 8, 2019

My Bad Slime, I forgot that S&T is on this site. I'll make sure to be nice to the guys on the floor when I get on the Street :-)

Mar 8, 2019

This guy fucks.

Mar 8, 2019

Thank you brother

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Mar 8, 2019

This sounds like shameless troll-bait, but I guess I'll bite - I'll be succinct. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning in a redwood grove than making PE MD by 31 at a mega fund. Good luck though man - wish you the best. Can't say I even knew about PE was at your age so.. congrats on that?

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Mar 8, 2019

I'm not som dumbass tryna troll, just want some genuine help, but its a bit hard to come by on this site, but thanks for the support mane.

Mar 8, 2019

Sounds like a plan man

Mar 8, 2019

You're a junior in high school but you're also an ER analyst? lol

Mar 8, 2019

Tensions have been high this week, really needed a laugh. Thank you for this.

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Mar 8, 2019

dalio, cohen and buffet

Mar 8, 2019

Why do you want to take so long to make MD in PE, you fucking pussy...?

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Most Helpful
Mar 8, 2019

Hey, good for you. At your age gym class was the only PE I knew about.
Some thoughts;
- Learn to make points quickly and succinctly using an economy of language. You're not making MD unless you can explain volumes of confusing shit really simply, in a few sentences.
- You wanna ride the bull, then go buy and flip some shitty local business before you graduate HS. Find another and hold it, figure out how to keep and manage it while you're in college. Not for the money but for the experience.
- Most kids need college, you might not. Seriously. It's a wild card move and takes big balls but there are plenty of famous entrepreneurs who lack a college degree.
- Why MD at a mega fund? Sounds nice but could be a pain in the ass. My best friend wanted to be a surgeon for the chicks and status, now he has both but doesn't like his career. Guess where he spends most of his day?
Lastly, go do something wild. You're young and can still get away with it.

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Mar 8, 2019
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