During the 1990s, Jamie Kutch worked for Merrill Lynch. When he wasn’t trading NASDAQ stocks, he was developing a passion for wine, and in 2005 he decided to follow that passion California to make his own wines. He had absolutely no experience making wine, but the risk paid off, and five years later, his wines are served in some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco.
Kutch told CNBC.com that leaving the financial sector was the right decision for him, but he describes his experience on Wall Street as instrumental to the success he's having now. “I understand businesses, I understand growth rates, I understand supply and demand,” he said. “You learn that pretty quickly as a trader.”