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Man of the Futures: The Story of Leo Melamed

Hosted By: YIVO

YIVO Board Member Leo Melamed, author of Man of the Futures, recounts his journey from Holocaust survivor to prominent leader in the world of finance, sharing behind-the-scenes reminiscences on the financial markets and his philanthropic work in the Jewish community.

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Leo Melamed

Leo Melamed, a Holocaust survivor and author of Man of the Futures, recounts his escape from the Nazis, an odyssey that took two years, spanned three continents, six languages, the Trans-Siberian railroad, and Japan – courtesy of a life-saving transit visa from Japanese Counsel General to Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara. In 1972, as chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group), Leo Melamed revolutionized markets with the creation of the International Monetary Market—the first futures exchange for financial instruments—and the launch of currency futures. In 1987, he revolutionized futures trading again with the founding of Globex®, the world’s first futures electronic-trading system. Twenty years after their inception, Nobel Laureate Merton Miller named financial futures “the most significant innovation of the past two decades.”
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The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry and Yiddish language.
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