Rengan Rajaratnam

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Rengan Rajaratnam
Born Rajarengan Rajaratnam[1]
Sri Lanka
Residence Brazil (at arrest)[2]
Alma mater Stanford Graduate School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Hedge fund manager
Years active 2003-2009
Employer Galleon Group
SAC Capital
Sedna Capital
Morgan Stanley
Title Portfolio Manager
Criminal charge
Securities fraud[3]
Relatives Raj Rajaratnam (brother)

Rajarengan "Rengan" Rajaratnam[4][5] (b. 1971) is a hedge fund manager. He is the founder of hedge fund Sedna Capital and the younger brother of convicted hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam. He was arrested for securities fraud in March 2013. His trial in New York began in June, 2014[6] but he was found not guilty by the jury in July, 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Rajaratnam was born in Sri Lanka.[7] Rajaratnam has an older brother, Raj, and a younger brother, Ragakanthan.[8]

He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Stanford University in 1998.[9]


After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford, Rajaratnam worked at Morgan Stanley and for a year at SAC Capital Advisors, founded by Steven A. Cohen. He left to run his own hedge fund, Sedna Capital, before joining the Galleon Group.

Insider trading allegations[edit]

Rajaratnam was arrested in 2013 on insider trading charges.[10] The Galleon Group insider trading investigation began with the investigation of Sedna Capital in 2003-2004. Prosecutors alleged that Rengan Rajaratnam regularly shared confidential information with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam but he was cleared by a jury in July, 2014.

During Raj Rajaratnam's trial, the jury heard Rengan Rajaratnam call former classmate and McKinsey junior partner David Palecek "a little dirty" and "boasted that he [Palecek] 'finally spilled his beans' by sharing corporate secrets."[3] According to Bloomberg, when asked about AMD, Palecek allegedly said "Buy it, buy as much as you can as soon as you can."[11]

Rengan Rajaratnam's own trial began before U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in June, 2014. He was "accused of trading on confidential information related to wireless broadband company Clearwire Corp. and chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in 2008" while at Galleon. He was said to have acted on information from his brother and profits from the trades were alleged to be about $800,000.[12] He was found not guilty in July, 2014, after one day of jury deliberation on the one of the original six counts of the indictment for which he was tried.[13]


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