Raj Fernando is amongst the few business persons that start from a humble beginning but rise to eminent personalities in the industry within a short period. Raj began his career as a volunteer after finishing his bachelor’s in economics and history from Beloit College.
From 1991 to 2001, he served various managerial positions in Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. He later quit his career and started his own investments in the financial industry.
In 2002, he launched his first company, Chopper Trading, which rose from a small trading company to a leading trading firm that offered financial services to CME, LSE, Eurex, and Fitzgerald-eSpeed.
Raj Fernando suggests that for one to succeed, he has to interact with like minded people. He played a significant role in fundraising for President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns. During the campaigns, he got a chance to interact and be inspired by some of the wealthiest individuals in United States.
Today, Fernando is honored as a top Chicago- based business advisor. For this reason, Raj serves as a board member in different trading companies. One of them is the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission.
In 2013, Fernando was selected as a speaker at the Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference. The conference was attended by major stakeholders in the financial industry. This came after he addressed the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission Conference on disruptive trading practices.
In 2016, Fernando launched his second company, Scoutahead after DRW acquired Chopper Trading. Scoutahead provides innovative communication technology systems to its clients.
Besides being in business, Raj Fernando also supports various organizations that improve the living standards of the Chicago community and American citizens as a whole. He serves as a board member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a music franchise, and PAWS, a wildlife conservancy organization.
Additionally, he supports other agencies like Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Steppenwolf Theatre, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Clinton Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois Holocaust Museum, and other charitable organizations. In his leisure time, he is either working out or hanging out with his friends, most of whom are workmates.