Mr. Raymond Dalio is the Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Bridgewater Associates. He started Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York in 1975 and under his leadership, the firm has grown into the fifth most important private company in the US according to Fortune Magazine. For his and Bridgewater's industry-changing innovations as well as his work advising policymakers around the world, Mr. Dalio has been called the "Steve Jobs of Investing" by aiCIO Magazine and Wired Magazine and named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine. He is also the author of The New York Times #1 Bestseller Principles, which outlines his work and life principles, the foundation of Bridgewater's distinctive culture and the cornerstone of his and Bridgewater's success. Mr. Dalio and Bridgewater also recently published Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises, the first public dissemination of their research on these economic events, which enabled them to anticipate the 2008 Financial Crisis. Mr. Dalio is currently working on his third book, which will outline his investment principles. Mr. Dalio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He is an avid philanthropist with a special interest in ocean exploration and conservation.