Dan Takahashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, to a Japanese mother and American father.
He began his journey in the finance industry as one of the world’s youngest investors. At only 12-years-old, he received $1,000 from his grandparents as “Otoshidama”, one of the Japanese traditions still honored by his family. Although he first wanted to spend it, Dan soon changed his mind and decided to invest his allowance in the markets. He has been investing ever since!
In 2003, Dan enrolled as a business major at Cornell University in New York where he later graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors. He then worked for 12 years on Wall Street doing investment banking and trading. Having experienced the 2007 Great Financial Crisis firsthand early in his career, Dan decided to go into proprietary trading because he wanted to learn how to “bet on the market” in order to become financially self-independent longer term.
Although many discouraged him due to the high risk involved, Dan managed to find a hedge fund job with a competitive company. He was very fortunate to have great mentors and received excellent training to groom his investment and trading skills. The company was extremely competitive with almost all new recruits leaving the company within the first few years. For these reasons, Dan says he was lucky enough to survive in the company and to eventually create his own hedge fund with one of his mentors.
When he turned 30, Dan decided to return to Asia. He moved to Singapore and has since traveled to 60 countries! Dan says that traveling the world has “completely opened my eyes and gave me new dreams I didn’t know I even was capable of”. He always thought financial success was his only long term goal, but he realized that having a positive impact on the world was a much more important goal. He aspires to change history and is just getting started!!!
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