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Vincent "Vinnie" Viola (born 1956) is an American billionaire businessman, and U.S. Army veteran. He was for several weeks President Donald Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of the Army, before withdrawing from consideration.[1] He is the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), and the founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.[2] Viola is the owner of the Florida Panthers, a National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team.[3] He is also the owner of St. Elias Stables and co-owner, with fellow Brooklynite Anthony Bonomo, of the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.[4]

  1. "Five Things To Know About Vincent Viola, Trump's Billionaire Pick For Army Secretary", Forbes, December 19, 2016. Retrieved on January 3, 2017. 
  2. Vincent Viola, Founder and Executive Chairman, Virtu Financial (September 11, 2001). Retrieved on November 23, 2016.
  3. Florida Panthers (September 27, 2013). Vincent Viola Becomes Owner Of The Florida Panthers. Press release. Retrieved on October 6, 2015.
  4. Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby (6 May 2017). Retrieved on May 7, 2017.