Raj Fernando is an individual who wears many hats so to speak. On top of being a successful businessman, he is also a philanthropist and political donor. He is the former founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chopper Trading.
Raj Fernando was born in Denmark, but his family moved to the United States before he could even be considered a toddler. His parents always stressed the importance of education to him and his siblings. Especially, since both of his parents furthered their education beyond high school.
He attended and graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and history. After graduating from Beloit College he still felt he needed more education. Therefore, instead of jumping into a career he decided to further his education at the University College London.
Fernando began working as a volunteer with Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he studied at the University. Through hard work and ambition Fernando began to move up the ranks at the company. He held various positions during the ten year span he was employed there. He eventually found himself in an important position with the Chicago Board of Trade.
In 2002 he left the company to go into business for himself. The same year he launched Chopper Trading, a proprietary trading firm. Fernando was very involved in the company’s development. He had a hand in just about every action and plan during its early stages. Fernando hard work payed off big time in the end. Chopper trading grew into a company in the marketplace that traded on premiere global exchanges like the CME, Nasdaq, and LSE to name a few. In 2015, Fernando sold the company to past competitor DRW Trading Group.
A year later he founded internet start-up www.Scoutahead.com. He is the start-up’s Chairman and CEO as well.
Fernando has been a political donor for several years. He has already donated more than $9,000 to Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He help raise funds for Clinton’s 2008 campaign also.
Fernando serves on the board of directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter, and is a strong supporter of organizations such as Wounded Warriors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.