Founder, namesake and CEO of DRW, Don Wilson continues to lead and set strategic direction for the firm as part of the Executive Committee.
Don started in the industry in 1989, focusing on capturing opportunities in the markets through technology, research and risk management, and founded DRW in 1992 while trading in the Eurodollar options pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. DRW has since expanded into real estate investment, venture capital and cryptoassets.
Don is an influential leader in the financial futures industry, and in 2010, he founded the FIA Principal Traders Group. He is the co-inventor of intellectual property used in Eris Innovations’ swap futures contracts, which provide straightforward access to trading swap risk in a capital-efficient futures form. Don serves on the board of ErisX, a US-based regulated cryptoasset exchange that plans to offer both spot and futures contracts on one platform. He is also a co-founder and board member of Digital Asset, a company that utilizes distributed ledger technology to improve the settlement of financial instruments.
He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, where he is now a trustee. He also sits on the board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. An avid competitive sailor, Don is the founder of the Chicago Match Race Center and served as chairman of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.