# Billionaire Mathematician - Numberphile

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**Channel:**Numberphile

**Views:**2,254,619

**Rating:**4.9110122 out of 5

**Keywords:**numberphile, Mathematician (Profession), Mathematics (Field Of Study), jim simons, james simons

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**Length:**18min 39sec (1119 seconds)

**Published:**Wed May 13 2015

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I knew that Simons was a successful mathematician, but I had no idea he was the Simons from Chern-Simons!

Simon's point about mathematicians nowadays avoiding teaching is one that feels obvious, but on a personal level I've found it surprising how many mathematicians or physicists have ended up working on wall street. I'm currently an analyst at an investment bank, but studied physics and math as an undergrad. One of the first coworkers I met was an applied physics undergrad. I've met a number of other physics or mathematics undergrads or masters students on the street as well. Although I'm reaching outside physics and math now, almost every bioscience analyst holds a PHD. Additionally, math and science grads from my university were recruited heavily by the quant houses on the street. It's fascinating to see this sort of brain drain in action.

Full Interview. Well worth a watch to see a full hour long personal talk with a legend!

Edit: Some interesting tidbits:

His foundation has a pretty nice grant program for US/UK faculty members that offers $100k/yr for 5 years with an optional 5 year extension.

Cool guy. I like how unpretentious his language is.

Billionaire, Philanthropist.. all that remains to be known is if he's Playboy

"well, this was 'kinda' fun." Haha!

Smartest man on the street, philanthropist to boot.

RennTech rules.

It's kind of depressing if you really think about it. These are brilliant minds with tons of potential, but they're getting taken away so that people can game the system. Capitalism creates some pretty perverse incentives.

Great post thanks!