Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Five Ways to Become a Wall Street Billionaire in 2018

The Bloomberg Wealth team has uncovered six hidden billionaires in finance this year. They've reached the apex of capitalism in very different ways, from the banker who spent decades advising on the biggest mergers and acquisitions to a millennial duo who left Wall Street to set up their own fintech startup.

Below are the five ways these financiers have joined the three-comma club.

 

The Disruptors.

The Disruptors.

The latest billionaires are the two very young founders of Robinhood Markets Inc.

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The Adviser.

The Adviser.

Ken Moelis founded his own bank, which is the main reason he's a billionaire, but he did it after decades spent counseling corporate titans.

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The Empire Builder.

The Empire Builder.

Larry Fink did it slowly, steadily and on a massive scale.

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The Outsider.

The Outsider.

Alan Kestenbaum was fired by Philipp Brothers and set up a metals trading company.

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And credit cards ...

And credit cards ...

Richard Fairbank spent three decades building Capital One Financial Corp. into a credit-card powerhouse, using catchy television ads with celebrities asking viewers, “What’s in your wallet?” Today, there’s more than $1 billion in his.

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