Mark Ritchie (trader)

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Mark Andrew Ritchie is a Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange commodities trader. A twenty-year veteran of the financial industry, Mark is one of the original founding partners of Chicago Research and Trading (CRT) (the other his brother Joe Ritchie) once the largest options firm in the industry. He is also the author of two books, God in the Pits and Spirit of the Rainforest. Mark has traveled extensively throughout the third world as an amateur anthropologist with a special interest in the poor. Featured by BusinessWeek in a November 3, 1986 article titled These Traders Made All-Star By Hitting Singles.

Mark grew up in the poverty of Afghanistan, the deep south of Texas, and an Oregon-coast logging town.



Mark was at one point a theology student and also worked as a night-shift prison guard before he became one of the founding members of C.R.T.


Mark Ritchie has 5 kids and 9 grandchildren.


Mark is a member of Board of Directors of Warm Blankets Orphan Care International and Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College.

Published works[edit]

  • Ritchie, Mark Andrew (2005). God In the Pits: The Enron-Jihad Edition. VMI Publishing. ISBN 0-9747190-8-0.
  • Ritchie, Mark Andrew (2000). Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman's Story. Island Lake Press. ISBN 0-9646952-3-5.

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