Jim Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson, a prestigious daily student newspaper. Following graduation, he joined the Tallahassee Democrat and, later, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, covering everything from sports to homicides. He then moved to New York to help startAmerican Lawyer magazine. After a three-year stint, Mr. Cramer returned to Harvard to attend Law School, and in 1984 earned his J.D. However, instead of practicing law, he joined Goldman Sachs to work in sales and trading. In 1987, Mr. Cramer left Goldman to found his own hedge fund, and help launch Smart Money magazine for Dow Jones. In 1996, Mr. Cramer founded TheStreet, Inc., a multi-media financial news organization.
Mr. Cramer retired from his fund at the end of 2000, having produced an annualized return of 24% after fees, and embraced media full-time – including radio and television – to educate America about the financial markets.
Cramer is host of CNBC's Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer and co-host of CNBC's Squawk on the Street. He serves on TheStreet's Board of Directors and is its Chief Markets Commentator, writing daily market commentary for TheStreet'sReal Money premium service and co-managing Action Alerts PLUS, a real-time portfolio product and the exclusive home of his Charitable Trust. Since its inception, Mr. Cramer's Trust has given away more than $2.2 million to well-known charities. Mr. Cramer also participates in video segments for TheStreetTV and can be followed on Twitter @jimcramer.
Mr. Cramer is a best-selling author, having written more than half a dozen books: Confessions of a Street Addict; You Got Screwed; Real Money; Mad Money; Stay Mad for Life; and Getting Back to Even. His latest book, Get Rich Carefully, has appeared on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.