MBA Students Place in Institutional Investor Competition

This year two Haas students placed in Institutional Investor’s new All-America Student Analyst Competition, based on returns in simulated stock portfolios.

Chao Zhang, MBA 13, took first place in the health care sector with a 28 percent return, and Andrew Krowne, MBA 14, placed second in the tech, media, and telecom sector with a 30 percent return.

Krowne said he honed in on undervalued stocks with stronger-than-perceived underlying businesses. “The competition was great practice in selecting investment ideas with real-time performance measures,” Krowne says.

Both students are pursuing investment careers, with Zhang starting full time at a hedge fund after graduation this month and Krowne heading to an internship at a hedge fund this summer.

Overall, four Berkeley-Haas students placed in the top 100 in this national competition: Zhang and Krowne, plus Kim Mason, MBA 15, and Josh Polsinelli, MBA 14.

For the sector rankings, visit and scroll down to health care and technology, media, and telecom.

Andrew Krowne, MBA 14 and Chao Zhang, MBA 13