Goldman's Prodigy Trader Quits

The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
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The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Looks like Goldman's golden boy Jan Sramek, the youngest ever candidate listed on Financial News' 100 Rising Stars and Goldman's former emerging markets FX trader, has quitand will be starting his own company.

According to Sramek's Facebookpage, he resigned from Goldman Sachs on April 14. He is planning to start his own company, he said.


Sramek posted on his wall about his departure.

"Today, I resigned from GS. Taking the gamble. Going to build my own company or fail trying. 98% excitement, 2% fear. Or the other way round? Can't tell," Sramek posted on his Facebook wall.

Something tells us Sramek will be okay. He's got a pretty impressive resume.

The Financial News reports:

The departure of a second-year analyst at an investment bank may be commonplace, but Sramek is no ordinary junior banker. In 2009, at the age of 22, Sramek became the youngest ever FN100 Rising Star—he was nominated the year before but he had not even graduated.

He achieved 10 A-grades at A-level, played handball for the Czech Republic and won £100,000 worth of scholarships to fund his studies including a £40,000 George Soros academic award. While at university, he worked as an intern at Goldman Sachs, Marshall Wace, AKO Capital, Barclays Capital , Deutsche Bank and UBS and managed a high first-class degree from the London School of Economics.

He turned down offers from several hedge funds to start at Goldman in July 2009 trading emerging markets.


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