Jon "DRJ" Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange
He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. In 1990 he founded Mercury Trading, amarket-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which he soldin 2004 to Citadel, one of the world's largest hedge funds. In 2005 Jonco-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER, both were acquired in 2014 byprivate equity firm General Atlantic Partners. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager and media analyst.
Jon developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. optionMONSTER, an options news and education site, was described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business".
For years tradeMONSTER has been rated "Best for OptionsTraders" by Barron's and was the first online broker to deploy streaming, desktop-like trading in a web browser.
In 2016 Jon and Pete co-founded Najarian Family Office, a private wealth management firm, as well as Najarian Advisors, a company advising institutional investors on options centric strategies.
The brothers invest in and work with start-ups via Rebellion Partners, a venture consulting firm they launched in 2015.
What does Jon Najarian do when he's not investing? Here's a look in our Halftime Report "Trade Off."
Jon's Twitter handle is @jonnajarian.