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 got his start 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. 

He is an influential leader in the financial futures industry and founder of the FIA Principal Traders Group. Don holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago, where he is now a trustee. He is a co-founder and board member of Eris Exchange, as well as Digital Asset Holdings, which leverages distributed ledger technology to improve the settlement of financial instruments.

Don sits on the board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation. An avid competitive sailor, he is the founder of the Chicago Match Race Center, a world class sailing center on the shores of Lake Michigan, and served as chairman of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.