Where Did The Biggest Hardo's From Your School End Up After College?

Biggest finance hardo from my high school is doing economic research at a reputable thinktank, kinda cool. 

Biggest finance hardo from my semi-target LAC (think Hamilton/Bowdoin) struck out. Completely. 

Feels weirdly gratifying seeing people who were know-it-alls in Freshman year not do aswell as they hoped. 

Again, I hope the majority of people succeed, just not pretentious know-it-all dbags. 

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Nov 9, 2021 - 8:26pm


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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Cov
Nov 9, 2021 - 8:41pm

A few hardos I know completely struck out and didn't land a good SA or had to settle for less. When I think of hardo, I think of the kids that breathe finance and have no personality. They probably suck at interviewing so probably couldn't get past the first rounds.

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Nov 9, 2021 - 11:24pm

The biggest finance hardos from my college ended up in IB mostly now that I think of it. The cooler better looking ones ended up at respectable shops. The 2 I disliked the most ended up at a no-name boutique and the other at FT Partners which makes me happy. The biggest hardo from my high school ended up in MBB which makes no sense because he had no personality and the Asian hardos ended up at Berkeley before non-FAANG tech jobs


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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Nov 9, 2021 - 11:37pm

Biggest hardo from my high school went MIT -> Jane Street -> Quant Fund

5 biggest hardos I know of from my school (private super-target) went:

college -> Evercore RX -> Top distressed fund (direct promote without getting kicked out, now on partner track).

college -> GS TMT -> GA -> Stanford GSB MBA -> another (smaller) Growth shop

college -> MS -> CD&R

college -> Jefferies -> MF PE -> HBS MBA -> UMM PE

college -> Schwarzman Scholar -> Yale Law -> Top RX group -> distressed fund

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2021 - 11:45pm

From my high school:

Top private school -> L/S HF

Top private school -> Distressed fund

Midwest public -> MF PE -> Top BB IB (?)

Top private school -> JEF Houston -> MF Energy PE

Top private school -> Top RX group -> PhD

  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Nov 10, 2021 - 10:10am

It really depends, some people misconstrue being successful with being a hardo. I did Ivy feeder -> Ivy -> IB -> PE and most of the successful people I know are very social, normal people. They talk about sports, traveling, friends, family, and other normal shit.

In my opinion, hardo means you constantly think and talk about finance/work. The guys who exclusively talked about finance, recruiting, etc. (you know the type) in high school, college, post-college are almost always less successful than the guys who have actual lives. That's my take.

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Nov 10, 2021 - 3:17pm

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