The Fund: Rob Copeland on Ray Dalio

The Fund: Rob Copeland on Ray Dalio

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Is the famed hedge fund Bridgewater Associates operating a cult in plain sight? Or is it just a little bit culty? Journalist and author Rob Copeland joins us for a deep dive into Wall Street’s seedy underbelly, and the troubling story of Bridgewater’s founder—the pseudo philosopher-king Ray Dalio. You’ll want to read Rob’s NYT bestseller ‘The Fund’ this summer, if you haven’t already, and then you can decide whether or not you agree with us that Ray Dalio is radiating serious Keith Raniere vibes. Rob joins us to chat about Dalio’s strange world and the uncanny parallels between the planet’s largest hedge fund and NXIVM. About Rob Copeland: 

Rob Copeland is a finance reporter for the New York Times. He was previously the longtime hedge-fund beat reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and has also covered Silicon Valley and the hidden worlds of the wealthy and powerful. His front-page investigations into Bridgewater Associates won a New York Press Club award; he was also awarded an honorable mention twice by the Society of American Business Writers (SABEW) and was named a News Media Alliance "Rising Star" (formerly Top 30 Under 30). He has appeared on ABC’s "Good Morning America," NPR and other major news networks. His NYT Bestseller The Fund was published in late 2023, and we get why it topped the charts: We think it is a freakin’ page turner!

Show Notes: Assorted articles about The Fund, and Ray Dalio. (Sorry, but we don’t control paywalls.) NY Post article 


Business Insider article 


Vanity Fair article 


NY Mag article with book excerpt 


Airmail article


NY Times feature (2017)


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