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Hedge Fund Exec Leaves Industry To Make, Sell Booze

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How many times have you said to yourself, "I'm just doing the Wall Street thing for now- one day I'm going to quit this shit and do something that fulfills me- like brew moonshine"? Probably so many that your colleagues, friends, and family are sick of hearing about it. You've never actually done it because you're weak or scared or haven't yet found the perfect recipe. Unlike former portfolio manager Ed Tiedge, who in 2008 was faced with a choice-- look for a new gig on the Street following the implosion of his firm or quit the biz to live out his dream of distilling vodka and gin with hints of things like honey, juniper berries, rose petals, lavender, galangal, and orange peel. He went with the latter and will perhaps inspire you to brew that first batch of illegal sauce today.

[CBS via BI]


Area Hedge Fund Manager: Leave Harry Alone!

As you may have heard, earlier this week the lovable scamp that is Prince Harry of Wales got in a bit of hot water when he was photographed ass naked in Las Vegas, with a bunch of equally ass naked ladies, following some sort of swim meet with Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte. Those photographs, some of which involved a billiards table and pool cues, were subsequently run on the covers of various newspapers and the Queen, being none too pleased, told her grandson to get on the first flight back to London (apparently in a tone so scary he knew she meant business and "did not mingle with other passengers," instead remaining "in the upstairs cabin of the 747" to think about what he'd done). While it's unclear what kind of punishment the Queen has in mind, or if she's yet delivered the sort of tongue lashing generally reserved for naughty Corgis and her subjects at RBS, in the meantime many have come to the prince's defense and advised the old lady to back off, like the hedge fund manager the Times found on the tube who thinks the Queen should relax and have a good laugh about it. She'd be doing the same thing if Prince Philip ever gave her a weekend off. Among people surveyed at random in central London, including subway commuters reading about the Las Vegas incident on the front page of the tabloid the Evening Standard, the verdict was mostly thumbs-up. “I think it’s quite funny,” said John Daniels, 46, a hedge fund manager. “I’m sure most people would like to be doing exactly the same thing, especially in Vegas. This is his own private time and people shouldn’t be taking photographs of him.” For Prince Harry, Vegas Exploits Didn't Stay There [NYT]