It seems whenever Anne Dias Griffin is mentioned in print-which isn't often, as she's somewhat reclusive-it's as part of a Chicago power couple or as a big patron of an art museum. But if you read what she herself has written, another picture emerges: a go-getting, multi-lingual, internationally-minded force who's gone from market neophyte to hedge fund operator in a very short time indeed. And the 38-year-old's Aragon Capital keeps growing-from $55 million in 2006 to $100 million last year to its current level of about $160 million.

Griffin got her start as a would-be journalist or diplomat, writing front-page articles on debt-for-nature swaps in Brazil for the Financial Times on a summer internship from school at Georgetown. When, in the end, she joined Goldman Sachs straight out of school, she may have been one of the only analysts joining the training program who didn't know the difference between debt and equity.

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