Joseph Sullivan

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Joseph Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan was the founding president of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He had been The Wall Street Journal’s Capitol Hill reporter, but eventually he was hired by the then-president of the Chicago Board of Trade, Henry Hall Wilson, to be his assistant.

Sullivan was charged with researching how the CBOT might go about creating a new options entity. The exchange was attempting to develop new markets because at that time trade in the agricultural markets was slow. [1] [2]


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  1. Negotiating a Market, Performing Theory: The Historical Sociology of a Financial Derivatives Exchange. Paper by Donald MacKenzie and Yuval Millo presented at European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy conference, Siena, November 8-11, 2001.
  2. Three Decades of Options and the World is A-Changin' by Gail Osten. SFO Magazine April 2003.