Raj Fernando is one of the most successful traders in the world. He is a reputed philanthropist and political supporter. Before founding and becoming the CEO of Chopper Trading in early 2002, Fernando was successful in amassing extensive experience in the stock exchange sector. In 1991, Fernando began working at the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1997, he became a fully-fledged member of the board. He served on the board up to 2003.
Raj Fernando is not only one of the most successful businesspersons. He is also an impassioned philanthropist who gives primarily in the Chicago city. Fernando and Chopper Trading had jointly donated over $1.7 million to several nonprofit organizations by 2011. Chopper Trading comprises of about 250 employees. Fernando gives where there is a pressing need or when one of his employees requests for a matching donation.
According to Raj Fernando, he is impressed by good charity and likes to help such causes. For instance, when one of the firm’s employees delivered a premature baby, Chopper Trading successfully matched multiple requests from employees for a donation to The March of Dimes. Typically, such donations are matched up to $2,000. Chopper Trading and Fernando’s charity works cover an extensive range of humanity causes as deemed fit. Some of the organizations that have received donations from Raj include a no-kill shelter called PAWS Chicago, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and The Wounded Warriors Project among several others.
He also supports a Tony-award winning theater company in Chicago. The theater company, The Steppenwolf Theatre, has housed significant productions such as the “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinback.
Raj is a devoted political supporter. He personally donated $9,400 to the 2016’s Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. On July 21, he privately hosted a fundraising event for Hillary’s campaign where he was able to raise a significant sum of money. In 2008, Fernando Raj hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama. He also regularly donates to WomenCount. Raj Fernando is the youngest sibling of three children to Laura and CK Fernando. He moved to the United States of America at a tender age.
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