LSU’s Lewis Neal becomes first African-American athlete to own financial investment firm

Before the start of the 2016 college football season, we spoke with LSU defensive end Lewis Neal about his growing interests and success off the field as he blossomed into a successful trader on the Foreign Exchange market.

Now, he is taking things to the next level.

Neal was able to use his free time to master the market, at times bringing in four to five figures a week.

It was a way for Neal to help himself and his family while going through college and to set himself up for success long after his days at LSU are over.

“I’ve always been a business-minded person. I’ve always wanted to take care of my family and just be straight and be in control of my earnings and my living. That’s the reason I started looking into investing,” Neal told Campus Sports. “Being young, I wanted to learn how to make a lot of money on my own so I didn’t have to worry about anyone determining how much I make. That’s when I started looking into finding a way to make extra income, because everyone has that dream.

“I’ve always had that mindset as an entrepreneur and I feel that should be taught more. It’s a great thing to have. There are so many people that have great ideas but never go through since they don’t know how to. I feel like that is very important.”

Since delving into the market and surrounding himself with other successful traders, Neal has been able to hit a new milestone.

Not only is Neal a standout talent, he has now become the first African-American athlete to own a financial investment firm on the Foreign Exchange market.

Neal was able to accomplish all of this at just 21 years old. He graduates on Friday.

Congratulations to Lewis on the incredible accomplishment.

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2016 AP All-American Team rosters announced
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