THE 100 MOST IMPORTANT CHICAGOANS
OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Reprinted with the permission of Chicago Magazine.
Leo Melamed was 76 out of the list of the 100 most important Chicagoans
of the 20th Century.
76. Leo Melamed:
As de-facto leader of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for a
quarter century, Melamed transformed the moribund exchange, introducing
foreign currency and gold as commodities to be auctioned off
in the trading pits. Thanks to those decisions, Chicago is today
the world capital of currency futures trading.