So I'm reading through the article detailing the top earning hedge fund managers of this year. I can't help but notice how many of these people had ivy league educations. Link: http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12280 Now the question is, why do so many of these people have ivy educations? Are these people so successful because of their connections that they gained at school? (I suppose getting seed capital for your fund is easier if you've got big shot connections.)... Or...Were these successful managers very smart people in the first place, which allowed them to get into the ivy leagues, and that intelligence eventually went on to make them top hedge fund managers... Or...Did these people gain important employment experience as a result of their ivy credentials, which helped their ability to run a successful fund... OOOORRRrrr...did the ivy league education teach them things in the classroom important to their success. Oh yea, and I didn't read through the whole article, so I suppose my premise may be wrong, and many didn't go to the ivy leagues. Any ideas? This is kind of an off shoot of the "is intelligence important in trading" discussion.