Speaker Profile

Jon Najarian

Job TitleCo-Founder

Company NameNajarian Family Office


Jon “DRJ” Najarian, Co-Founder Najarian Family Office

Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. In 1990 he founded Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which he sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. In 2005 Jon co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER. In 2014 he brought in private equity firm General Atlantic Partners (GAP) to fund a rollup strategy and in 2016 Jon & GAP sold the brokerage to E*Trade for $750 million. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager and market analyst.
Jon developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. optionMONSTER, an options news and education site, was described by Securities Industry News as “content king of the options business”. His latest education and subscription business, Investitute.com publishes his proprietary algorithms and provides basic and advanced education in stocks, options and futures trading.
In 2015 Jon and Pete co-founded Najarian Family Office to serve wealthy investors and Najarian Advisors, to advise institutional investors on options strategies.
The brothers invest in and work with start-ups via Rebellion Partners, a venture consulting firm they launched in 2015.
For a decade Jon was employed by Fox Television, and for the past ten years Jon can be seen weekly on CNBC, where he is an original member of the “Halftime Report” as well as a contributor to the “Fast Money” show.  He is also the featured on both CBOE-TV and CME Group's streamed financial programs.

Conference Sessions

  • Raise, Check or Fold? Wall Street’s View on the Future of Gaming

    10-05-2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Veronese 2403

    In this session, former investment banker and Cable business news commentator Carol Roth will sit with leading Wall Street figures to talk about today’s market ...

    • Language: English