June 29

Jim Rogers

Last Updated on 29 June, 2022 by Samuelsson

First-time father at 60, James Beeland Rogers Jr, also known as Jim Rogers, is an American businessman, investor, and financial commentator who lives in Singapore.

Jim was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Demopolis, Alabama. He got his acumen for business at an early age, selling peanuts and used plastic dropped by baseball fans.

After graduating from high school, Jim went to Yale University, earning a B.S in History in 1964. Two years later, in 1966, he pursued and acquired a second degree from the University of Oxford in the field of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics while being a member of Balliol College.

He joined Dominick & Dominick, LLC on Wall Street in 1964, where he got his first knowledge about stocks and bonds. Jim was in the army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. Two years after his service in the Vietnam War, Jim joined Arnhold and S. Bleicheoder, an investment bank where he met business partner George Soros.

In 1973, Jim and Soros resigned from Arnhold Bleicheoder and established the Quantum Fund. Its portfolio gained about 4200 percent while the S&P 500 saw a 47% ascent. Quantum Fund was of the world’s real global funds.

Besides making money, Jim is an adventurist. He retired from the fund in 1980 to pursue his long-term dream of traveling around the world, which he did and got his name printed in the Guinness Book of World Records. From 1990 to 1992, Jim traveled from china again and around the world on a motorcycle, covering a long distance of over a hundred thousand miles across six continents. The story of his adventure and adventure can be found in his bestselling book the “Investment Biker”; also, Jim embarked on another Guinness-recognized trip with his wife, Paige Parker, in a custom-made Mercedes, this time-traveling a distance of 245000km (between early 1999 to early 2002).

He’s chairman of Beeland Interests, Inc., and founder of the International Commodity Index. The Index and its three sub-indices are linked to exchange-traded notes, which track the total return of the indices. Jim supports investing in the agricultural sector.

He shifted his investment focus to the Asian market, and in December 2007, Jim sold New York City house for about $16 million and relocated to Singapore. He said, “If you were smart in 1807, you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907, you moved to New York City, and if you were smart in 2007, you move to Asia.”

His work has been featured many times in the “Washington Post”, “Forbes”, “New York Times”, and “The Wall Street Journal”. He loves teaching and has taught at Columbia University Graduate School of Business as a Professor of Finance. In April 2019, his book on Korean unification earned him an honorary Ph.D. from Pusan National University.

Jim enjoys riding motorcycles and traveling around the world. His trip has helped him to gain knowledge about how the stock market operates in different countries in the world, and he invested in them wisely.


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