Igor Tulchinsky

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Igor Tulchinsky is an investor, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and philanthropist.[1] He is the founder, chairman and CEO of WorldQuant, a global quantitative asset management firm with over $7 billion in assets under management that he founded in 2007.[2][3]

Early life and education

Tulchinsky was born in Minsk, Belarus. His parents were both professional musicians.[1] He immigrated in the 1970s to the US where he had the chance to learn more about finance and computer science.[4] He holds an MS in computer science from the University of Texas, and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[5][6][1]


Tulchinsky started his career in 1988 at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held the position of scientist for over three years. Prior to this, he spent time as a video game programmer.[1]

In the early 1990s, Tulchinsky worked as a trading strategist for Timber Hill (now part of Interactive Brokers), before moving to Millennium Management, an investment management firm that manages more than $57 billion in assets.[1][7]

He spent 12 years at Millennium as a statistical-arbitrage portfolio manager[8] before he founded WorldQuant in 2007.[1] WorldQuant has a global workforce of more than 850 employees across 23 offices in 13 countries with many locations in nontraditional financial centers, including Ramat Gan, Budapest, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City and Seoul.[1] This is in line with Tulchinsky's stated belief that "talent is distributed equally around the world, opportunity is not."[1]

In 2014, Tulchinsky founded WorldQuant Ventures, an early-stage investment vehicle that invests in tech companies with a particular focus on data analytics and finance.[9][10]

In 2014, Tulchinsky founded WorldQuant University, a US-accredited not-for-profit university, which offers an entirely free online master’s degree in financial engineering and a data science module.[11][1][12]

In early 2018, Tulchinsky founded WorldQuant Predictive, an artificial intelligence platform company that sells predictive analytics to corporate clients.[1]


In 2017, Tulchinsky made a gift of $5 million to launch the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction at Weill Cornell Medicine.[13] This research initiative aims to enhance current methods used in precision medicine by combining molecular profiling with financial algorithms.[14] He is also a Board of Fellows member at Weill Cornell Medicine.[15]


In 2018, he published The UnRules: Man, Machines and the Quest to Master Markets.[16]

In 2021, he wrote an article for the Milken Institute titled The Future of Work: Three Lessons in Driving Adaptability and Flexibility Across an Organization.[17] He authored an additional article in 2022 for the Institute with Daphne Kis, CEO of WorldQuant University, titled The Global Skills Gap: Bridging the Great Divide.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Toss of a coin that made a one-time game developer top of the quants". Financial Times. 2022-12-16. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  2. "Who We Are". WorldQuant. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  3. Hope, Bradley. "With 125 Ph.D.s in 15 Countries, a Quant 'Alpha Factory' Hunts for Investing Edge". WSJ. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  4. "'Obstacles are nothing but information': WorldQuant's Igor Tulchinsky". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  5. "Igor Tulchinsky | Department of Computer Science". www.cs.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  6. "Igor Tulchinsky - Agenda Contributor". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  7. "Millennium Management Global Investment". Millennium. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  8. "The Fintech Finance 40: Igor Tulchinsky and Steve Lau". Institutional Investor. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  9. "Meet This Year's Bloomberg 50". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  10. Kutler, Jeffrey (13 November 2018). "Fintech Finance's Power Players". Institutional Investor. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  11. RosenbushEditor, Steve. "WorldQuant University Mints Masters of Financial Engineering". WSJ. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  12. Chaparro, Frank. "A hedge fund manager is supporting a free master's program in financial engineering". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  13. "WorldQuant Hedge Fund Deploys Scientists for Cancer Research". Bloomberg.com. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  14. "WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction Established at Weill Cornell Medicine". WCM Newsroom. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  15. "Gift from Board Member Igor Tulchinsky to Support Weill Cornell Medicine's Strategic Needs". give.weill.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  16. "THE UNRULES: MAN, MACHINES AND THE QUEST TO MASTER MARKETS". TraderLife. Retrieved 24 March 2023.
  17. "The Future of Work: Driving Adaptability and Flexibility". milkeninstitute.org. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  18. "The Global Skills Gap: Bridging the Great Divide". milkeninstitute.org. Retrieved 2023-03-24.

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