Sam’s memoir, "For The Love of Money," was published in July 2016 by Scribner. He has penned two OpEds in The New York Times, and his writing has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, CNBC.com, and The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Sam Polk is the co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a for-profit social enterprise that sells fresh, healthy ready-to-eat meals affordable for all, and founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a Los Angeles non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street.
In 2014, a former hedge fund trader's New York Times Sunday Review front page article about wealth addicition instantly went viral. This is his unflinching memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, fighting to overcome the ghosts of his past and the radical new way he now defines success.
At just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo and Wall Street's use of wealth as the sole measure of a persons worth. He decided to walk away from it all.