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James Simons

James SimonsAKA James Harris Simons

Born: c. 1938
Birthplace: Newton, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Business, Philanthropist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Renaissance Technologies hedge fund

Specialist in differential geometry. Earned $1.7B in 2006. Thanks to computer modelling, Renaissance Technologies has over $25B under management. The company's flagship Medallion Fund was established in 1988. After its sole losing year in 1989, the fund's strategy was retooled, and by 1993 its assets had grown to $270M, enough that it stopped accepting new investment. By 2006, the fund's assets exceeded $10B.

Father: (shoe factory owner)
Wife: (div., three children)
Son: Nathaniel
Son: Paul (d.)
Daughter: Liz
Wife: Marilyn Hawrys Simons (two children)
Son: Nicholas (d. May-2003 drowning in Bali)
Daughter: Audrey (autistic)

    High School: Newton High School, Newton, MA
    University: BS Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1958)
    University: PhD Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley (1961)
    Professor: Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961-62)
    Professor: Mathematics, Harvard University (1962-64)
    Professor: Mathematics, Stony Brook University (1968-78; chair until 1976)
    Administrator: Trustee, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Administrator: Trustee, Rockefeller University
    Administrator: Board member, MIT Corporation

    Renaissance Technologies (1982-)
    Institute for Defense Analyses Cryptanalyst, Communications Research Division (1964-68)
    Member of the Board of Symbol Technologies
    Member of the Board of Franklin Electronic Publishers (Chairman)
    Bill Bradley for President
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    Friends for Harry Reid
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Institute for Advanced Study Trustee
    Math for America
    National Venture Capital Association
    Obama for America
    Risk Factors: Smoking


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