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Ed Garden

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Founding partner and chief investment officer, Trian Partners

Born: May 22, 1961

Education: BA in economics, Harvard College

Early Marker: Managing director, Credit Suisse First Boston

Big Idea: Co-founder of Trian Partners, along with Peter May and Nelson Peltz, his better-known father-in-law. Oversees investment due diligence for the firm and serves on the boards of Family Dollar and Wendy's.

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