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James Simons - Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck: My Life and Careers

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Published on May 24, 2013

Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck: My Life and Careers
12/09/2010 4:15 PM
James Harris Simons, Founder and CEO of Renaissance Technologies

James Harris Simons is an American hedge fund manager, mathematician, and philanthropist. In 1982, Simons founded Renaissance Technologies, a private investment firm based in New York with over $15 billion under management. Simons retired at the end of 2009, as CEO, of what is one of the world's most successful hedge funds. Simons' net worth is estimated to be $10.6 billion.

Don't expect to glean any market tips or trading secrets from James Simons, who steadfastly refuses to disclose the method behind his remarkable record in investing. Instead, listen to this mathematician, hedge fund manager and philanthropist sum up a remarkably varied and rich career, and offer some "guiding principles" distilled along the way.

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