The person selected to open the stock market is considered privileged, to say the least. People opening the stock market has a long, storied history. The person selected for this role symbolically rings the opening bell which begins the day's trading session. Often, celebrities or elite figures from foreign countries are tasked with the role. In many ways, by design, a celebrity opening a trading session helps increase media coverage of the event. And that may be for the reason to infuse some optimism into the trading session.
The first guest to ring the opening bell was Leonard Ross, in 1956.The 10-year-old boy had won a television contest answering questions about the stock market. Since then, Ronald Reagan, Usher, even Spider Man, has run the opening bell at the worlds most prolific, influential stock market. Celebrities, via their social media accounts, tend to influence the stock market. That's controversial, but it hasn't stopped the organization from still selecting celebrities to ring the bell.
There have been a number of bizarre guests to open the stock market. For example, the entire Jersey Shore reality show crew did so.
Also, Mr. Potato Head, Spider Man, dogs (yep), Annie, Darth Vader alongside his nefarious storm troopers, and the list goes on.
Its certainly a privilege to be selected to ring the opening bell.