Jim Chanos

Jim Chanos

Formal First Name
James (Jim)
1957 - present

Jim Chanos is President and famed fund manager of Kynikos Associates. Throughout his investment career, Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters. A master short seller, Chanos’ celebrated short-sale of Enron shares was dubbed by Barron’s as "the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years." More recently, the media has noted his prescience in alerting finance ministers and others about the global financial crisis well before it occurred. His views on the lessons from the crisis, capital markets regulation, and investment strategies, among other topics, are regularly covered by news organizations worldwide.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Chanos was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • He began his Wall Street career as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities, and Deutsche Bank
  • He is the President of the board of trustees of The Browning School.
  • He serves as a trustee at The Nightingale-Bamford School and The New-York Historical Society. 
  • He has testified before Congress and provided comments to regulations proposed by the U.S. SEC and the FSA in the U.K.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.
  • He teaches a course on the history of financial market fraud at Wisconsin and Yale