Sam Barnett | CEO & Founder


Sam is the founder and chief executive officer of SBB Research Group, a highly interdisciplinary team that specializes in discovering patterns and making predictions about the world.

While a sophomore at Caltech, Sam developed and refined an algorithm to forecast stock performance. Encouraged by months of successful experimentation, Sam founded SBB Research Group in September 2010, just before starting his junior year, and began managing $2 million. SBB Research Group’s assets under management have quickly grown to over $200 million.

Sam was honored to be included in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30 in Finance,” Crain’s Chicago Business’s “20 in their 20s,” and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People in Finance at Every Age.” Sam and his team have also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Hedge Fund Alert, Hedge Week, and other publications, and Sam has discussed his work on CNBC and Fox Business News.

Additionally, Sam is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University studying the neural bases of engagement and memory in Prof. Moran Cerf’s laboratory. Sam holds a BS with Honors in Applied & Computational Mathematics and Business Economics & Management from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he was a National Merit Scholar.

At Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and Caltech, Sam has taught students of nearly every degree type: BS, MS, MBA, Executive MBA, JD/LLM, and PhD. He has given talks at other universities as well, including the University of Chicago and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Sam has served as a Northwestern Bioscientist Mentor, teaching undergraduate researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and he has received generous support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

As an undergraduate, Sam designed software for the Freedman Laboratory of Neurobiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He also conducted research in experimental and mathematical finance with Prof. Peter Bossaerts and Prof. Jaksa Cvitanic at Caltech.

In his free time, Sam pursues his lifelong passion for sports, playing professional tennis tournaments and practicing Shotokan Karate as a black belt.