Carol "Mickey" Norton

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Carol "Mickey" Norton
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Occupation Former CME trader, part owner of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls
Location Chicago


Carol "Mickey" Norton is known for being the first woman to trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) International Monetary Market (IMM) floor in the 1970s. She also has been a part owner of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.

Background[edit]

Norton was introduced to the idea of trading by Leo Melamed, who met her at a bridge game in 1964. According to a 2006 interview with Futures Magazine, Melamed told Norton about trading, "and I didn’t know what it was," she said. "I started going once a week to chart for Leo to get a feel for the floor; and we’d play bridge," Norton said. "The idea was I was going to make him a [bridge] Life Master and he was going to make me a trader.” That recollection was echoed by Melamed in his book, "Escape to the Futures." He said he did become a bridge Life Master and he and Norton went on to win many bridge championships together. In the meantime, Norton bought a seat on the IMM for $10,000 and traded both currencies and cattle. [1][2]


Education[edit]

Carol "Mickey" Norton attended University of Illinois, majoring in math. She has been an active fundraiser for a number of charities, including the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations and the Chicago Cancer Baseball Charities.

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