From his start as an analyst at Citigroup Global Markets to his current role as a managing director and co-portfolio manager of the Strategic Capital Partners fund at Highbridge Principal Strategies, Aren LeeKong has dedicated himself to personal and professional growth through hard work, intellectual curiosity, and challenging himself to “keep going.” His career has been defined by those from whom he has had the opportunity to learn, and he, in turn, has committed to passing on what he has learned and sharing his success with others.
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He secured an internship through Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)the Summer following his junior year at UMass Amherst. SEO’s mission to find under-represented young people and match them with professional opportunities led LeeKong to Wall Street, where he interned at Smith Barney & Company.
After completing his internship, LeeKong joined Salomon Smith Barney (which later became Citigroup Global Markets) as an entry-level analyst. During his time at Citigroup, LeeKong continually sought new challenges within the Equity Capital markets division, with his last role being founding a new business focused on non-public financings. LeeKong eventually left Citigroup to join Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), where he was a founding member of their capital markets team.
While at KKR building out the capital markets business, Leekong observed that many market participants were not able to capitalize on the many investing opportunities created by the Global Financial Crisis. It was these opportunities, and his interest in creating a more flexible private investing strategy, that led him to join Highbridge Principal Strategies (HPS) as a Managing Director, and create the Strategic Capital Partners strategy.
LeeKong gives back to his community by serving on the Advisory Board of The Family Center, an organization that offers social and legal services to New Yorkers struggling with a family crisis or loss. He also serves on the board of directors of SEO, the same organization that helped him launch his career in finance.