Born: January 5, 1938
James Harris "Jim" Simons is an American mathematician, academic, trader, and philanthropist. In 1982, Simons founded Renaissance Technologies Corporation, a private investment firm based in New York with over $15 billion under management; Simons is still at the helm, as CEO, of what is now one of the world's most successful hedge funds. Simons earned an estimated $2.5 billion in 2008, and with an estimated current[update] net worth of around $8.5 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 55th-richest person in the world and 29th-richest person in America. He was named by the Financial Times in 2006 as the world's "smartest" billionaire.
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