Ben Wesley Shephard grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1980 from the Dominican Republic. Ben is the seventh of eight children.
Ben graduated from Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. He then earned a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish, and an Economics minor from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts.
Immediately after Holy Cross, Ben joined Bank of America's two year analyst program. While at Bank of America, Ben worked on the Foreign Exchange G-10 Trading Desk as well as the Electronic platform sales desk within the Foreign Exchange Department. In September of 2007, Ben joined Leumi Investment Services where he currently trades domestic and emerging market bonds, currencies, and equities.