Aaron Brown (financial author)

Aaron C. Brown (born November 27, 1956) is an American finance practitioner, well known as an author[1] on risk management and gambling-related issues.[2] He also speaks frequently at professional and academic conferences. He was Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management. He was one of the original developers of value at risk and one of its strongest proponents.[3]


Brown was born in Seattle, Washington.[4] In college and graduate school he was a professional poker player[5] and traded securities for his own account.[6]

In 1982, Brown moved to New York and worked as a portfolio manager (Prudential Financial), trader and head of Mortgage Securities (Lepercq, de Neuflize), risk manager (JPMorgan Chase, Rabobank, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and AQR Capital Management) and lectured at Fordham and Yeshiva universities.[7][8]

Brown was named Risk Manager of the Year at the Global Association of Risk Professionals' annual convention in 2012.[9] He was voted Financial Educator of the Year by the readers of Wilmott Magazine and his website received several Forbes Best of the Web awards for Theory and Practice of Investing.[10]

Brown holds an SB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University (1978), and an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago (1984).[3][10]


Brown is the author of Financial Risk Management for Dummies,[11] Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street[12], The Poker Face of Wall Street [6] and A World of Chance [13] (with Reuven and Gabrielle Brenner).

He has also written for Wilmott Magazine and Quantum Magazine; he is a frequent contributor to the professional literature.

The Poker Face of Wall Street was selected one of the ten best business books of 2006 by Business Week.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Stephen Schurr, Gamblers Profit from Holding a Strong Hand Archived October 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Financial Times, March 20, 2006
  2. ^ http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-manager-of-the-year/risk-manager-of-the-year/aaron-brown.aspx[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b 2011 Risk Manager of the Year: Aaron Brown, GARP.
  4. ^ Adam Leitzes and Joshua Solan, Bulls, Bears and Brains: Investing with the Best and Brightest of the Financial Internet, John Wiley & Sons (2002), ISBN 978-0-471-44294-3
  5. ^ David Penn, Aaron Brown: Poker Wizard of Wall Street Archived August 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, June 2008
  6. ^ a b Aaron Brown, The Poker Face of Wall Street, John Wiley & Sons (2006), ISBN 978-0-470-12731-5
  7. ^ Risk Magazine, July 2007, page 15 (incl. photo), Incisive Media, ISSN 0952-8776
  8. ^ Haug, Espen (2007). Derivative Models on Models. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-01322-9.
  9. ^ PRNewswire
  10. ^ a b c Biography, PRMIA.
  11. ^ Brown, Aaron C., Financial Risk Management For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, 2015), ISBN 978-1-119-08220-0
  12. ^ Brown, Aaron C. Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street John Wiley & Sons (2012)
  13. ^ Reuven and Gabrielle Brenner, and Aaron Brown, A World of Chance: Betting on Religion, Games, Wall Street, Cambridge University Press (2008), ISBN 978-0-521-88466-2

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