Jay Raffaldini started his trading career in Wall Street in 1985 and now, along with his partners, manages $45 billion in hedge fund assets for clients globally making them one of the largest hedge fund investors in the world. In 1994 he also became an Adjunct Lecturer to the Federal Reserve on derivative and risk management topics. In 2000, Jay acquired an abandoned farm in Wilkes County, North Carolina to begin the process of growing Italian grapes which at the time was unheard of in the State. Fast forward to today, Raffaldini Vineyards is one of the most popular vineyards with 25,000 people visiting annually. In 2009 Raffaldini Vineyards was voted one of the top ten new vineyards in all of North America, the first time any such vineyard from the Mid Atlantic received that award. Jay was also a founding member and is currently serving as President of the NC Fine Wines Society. In 2008 Jay relocated from New York City to Winston Salem while commuting around the world for his hedge fund business and managing Raffaldini Vineyards.
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