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Last Updated : Feb 25, 2019 07:23 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

How this Indian-American became the youngest junior partner ever at Thessalus Capital

In 2015, Bagaria had started out at the company, founded and helmed by his elder brother and family friends.

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Rishi Bagaria, an 18-year-old Indian-American from New Jersey, US is the youngest partner at an investment firm, Thessalus Capital.

Bagaria, who became a partner in 2018, has come a long way from being an analyst at Thessalus Capital to junior partner and director of the company. Bagaria had started out at the company, founded and helmed by his elder brother and family friends, in 2015.

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Mitchell Ng, Managing Director of Thessalus Capital told CNBC that Bagaria is a "rising star in the investment world".

Introduced to the world of investment by his uncle, Bagari had always sought to learn more. "Whenever we would go over for dinner or Thanksgiving, when I was around 10, my uncle would pull me and my older brother aside and tell us about stocks he was investing in, how cool the market was and what opportunities there were," Bagaria told CNBC.

As both Rishi Bagaria, and his elder brother, Raj, were interested in investing, their father helped them set up a virtual stock market account. "My dad wanted us to treat it like a real account, so we had to do proper research. We had to handle it like it was actual money," said Rishi Bagaria, whose father runs a recycling and sustainability business and whose mother is a holistic healer.

After Bagaria's father gave him $2,000 to invest in stocks, he started buying "blue chip stocks", since he "didn't want to be too risky," the report suggests. Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

Thessalus Capital, where Bagaria is now a junior partner, is run by young financiers. Apart from Bagaria's elder brother Raj, the Ng brothers Kenneth and Mitchell, Bagaria's family friends, are also the founders. The company, named after an Ancient Greek physician, is focused on healthcare companies as they feel it is their "area of expertise."

According to the report, the firm was launched in Princeton, New Jersey, US, with $370,000 in seed funding. Of that, $150,000 came from the brothers' parents. The report states that $220,000 was raised through personal networks.

The company currently has nine investors (including Rishi’s parents) and 15 team members. While Rishi Bagaria is the youngest member of that team, all others are either in college or graduate school.

As a part of his new position, Bagaria will now decide on how to invest company cash and lead an analyst's team, reviewing their research and pitch desks before they get presented to the upper management.

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First Published on Feb 24, 2019 02:40 pm
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