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The Oxford and Cambridge Rowers Really Want to Work on Wall Street

Britain is the best-represented nation in the past 15 years, but the U.S. is gaining ground.
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Professional rowing offers little, if any, of the riches that dominate modern sports. So what do the competitors do after putting away the oars? 

If what they study is any guide, the answer is clear: head to Wall Street or the City of London.  During the past 15 years, business- and finance-related studies have dominated, representing 24 percent of the participants, according to a Bloomberg analysis of data provided by organizers of the race, which occurs Sunday. Second is biology and medicine, at 14 percent and third is engineering and environment at 13 percent.