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Former Hedge Fund Trader Describes “Wealth Addicts” On Wall Street

Gothamist – In an illuminating op-ed for the Times, a former hedge fund trader describes how he supplanted his drug and alcohol additions with an addiction to money. “I was a giant fireball of greed,” Sam Polk writes. “I’d think about how my colleagues could buy Micronesia if they wanted to, or become mayor of New York City.”

Polk paints the picture of his Wall Street ascent and subsequent reckoning with a broad brush (there is a reference to The Wire) but makes a persuasive (if unoriginal) argument about money’s corrupting and ultimately unfulfilling promise:

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