Jim Simons might be the richest man you’ve never heard of.
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Dubbed the world’s smartest billionaire by the Financial Times, Simons made obscene amounts of money, in large part, by being better at math than pretty much everyone else.
In the early 1980s, Simons started a hedge fund. But instead of hiring the usual finance experts…
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…he decided to work with mathematicians and scientists to build algorithms to model the behavior of markets to determine the best investment strategy.
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His plan totally worked.
As of September 2015, Simons was the 76th wealthiest person in the world, and his former company was worth over $22 billion.