Joseph Sullivan

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Joseph Sullivan

Joseph Sullivan was the founding president of the Chicago Board Options Exchange from 1972-1979. 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 (the early 1970s) 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.