Born in Garden City, New York, Bill graduated from Villanova University with a BS in economics. Subsequently, he received his MBA from Hofstra University.
He was destined for a career in financial markets, and commodities in particular, as his interest was developed during his formative years when his father was Senior Vice President of Continental Grain Company. Bill started with Conti Commodities in 1975 where he was a research analyst of both agricultural and industrial commodities. In 1981, he joined Rudolf Wolff, a prominent London metals firm, as Vice President of Research with an emphasis on gold as well as base metals. Rudolf Wolff was subsequently purchased by Australia's Elders Finance group where Bill was appointed Vice President and Director of Commodity Research. In 1987, Mr. O'Neill joined Merrill Lynch where he was First President/Managing Director of Commodity Research. At its height, commodities provided over $200 million in annual revenues to Merrill. He remained with ML until 2002 when the firm exited commodities and started LOGIC Advisors LLC in partnership with another former Merrill employee, Ronald Lawson.
Bill has made over 500 appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and the major networks and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week and Barrons. He has also served as a Director of the American Copper Council as well as a consultant to the New York Federal Reserve and the CIA.
He currently lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey and his hobbies include British memorabilia, mystery novels and a passionate love of the New York Rangers hockey team.