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The Best Commodity Traders of All Time


Want to make money trading in hard assets? These five men showed the world how it's done.


Tudor Jones: The Tough Trader

Paul Tudor Jones started working on the trading floors as a clerk in 1976 before slowly making his way up to a broker for E.F. Hutton. After growing bored in these positions, Mr. Jones' cousin encouraged him to talk with commodity broker Eli Tullis who subsequently hired him to trade cotton futures on the New York Cotton Exchange, where he earned a tough-guy reputation.

In 1980, Mr. Jones founded the Tudor Investment Corporation, which was focused on global equity, venture capital, debt, currency markets, and commodity markets. While he got his start in commodities, Mr. Jones became famous for predicting Black Monday in 1987, where he reportedly tripled his firm's money thanks to some very large short positions in the market.

Tudor Investment Corporation has since evolved into a leading asset management firm focused on a wide array of asset classes. Mr. Jones himself has been ranked number 330 on the list of the world wealthiest people.

Jim Rogers: Well Rounded Commodities Trader

Jim Rogers is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Quantum Fund with legendary currency trader George Soros. During its 10 years, the fund gained 4,200% compared to just 47% for the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX). The Quantum Fund became famous in 1992 when the two bet the entire fund on a short sale of the British pound, forcing the Bank of England to devalue the pound.

In 1998, Mr. Rogers started his own commodity index fund that rose 165% by 2007 with $200 million invested. During that same year, he wrote a book, entitled Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably in the World's Best Market, discussing his investment strategies and how to capitalize on the commodities markets.

While the commodities market has since cooled off, Mr. Rogers continues to be a regular guest on financial news programs, including Fox Business News and CNBC. He continues to believe that agriculture will become the next major commodity to see a dramatic rise, betting heavily on the sector during the latter part of 2012.

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Editor's note: This article by Justin Kuepper was originally published on Commodity HQ.
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