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The "Quant King" retired from his $20 billion hedge fund firm, Renaissance Technologies, in 2010, but he continues to play a role at the firm and benefit from its funds, particularly the secretive and consistently profitable Medallion.

The MIT grad started his career as a theoretical mathematician and was a code breaker for the U.S. Department of Defense during the Vietnam War. He later was head of the math department at SUNY-Stony Brook. In 1982 he founded Renaissance, which is based in East Setauket, N.Y. The fund uses computer modeling to find inefficiencies in highly liquid securities. Simons has shown a preference for hiring PhDs over MBAs.

One strategy they use takes advantage of the inefficiencies in the execution of large transactions. One of their algorithms determines whether a very large order is executed and front runs it.

Jim Simons Latest Top 20 Portfolio Holdings: (Filing Date: 2014-11-12) --- full portfolio
Company (links to holding history) Ticker Value On
No of Shares % of portfolio
NOVO-NORDISK A S    (ADR) NVO 766,972,000 16,106,100 2.10%
COLGATE PALMOLIVE CO    (COM) CL 718,900,000 11,022,700 1.96%
MCDONALDS CORP    (COM) MCD 651,828,000 6,875,100 1.78%
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP    (COM) LLTC 496,813,000 11,192,000 1.36%
HERSHEY CO    (COM) HSY 468,895,000 4,913,500 1.28%
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MFG LTD    (SPONSORED ADR) TSM 434,002,000 21,506,551 1.18%
ALASKA AIR GROUP INC    (COM) ALK 389,605,000 8,948,200 1.06%
TW TELECOM INC    (COM) TWTC 380,076,000 9,134,236 1.04%
GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC    (SPONSORED ADR) GSK 313,865,000 6,827,600 0.85%
JOHNSON & JOHNSON    (COM) JNJ 281,717,000 2,643,000 0.77%
DOMINOS PIZZA INC    (COM) DPZ 258,208,000 3,355,100 0.70%
BECTON DICKINSON & CO    (COM) BDX 250,166,000 2,198,100 0.68%
VERISIGN INC    (COM) VRSN 244,346,000 4,432,976 0.66%
NETEASE INC    (SPONSORED ADR) NTES 237,167,000 2,768,700 0.64%
RYANAIR HLDGS PLC    (SPONSORED ADR) RYAAY 196,173,000 3,476,396 0.53%
COSTCO WHSL CORP NEW    (COM) COST 194,862,000 1,554,913 0.53%
CBOE HLDGS INC    (COM) CBOE 193,659,000 3,618,100 0.53%
FACEBOOK INC    (CL A) FB 181,099,000 2,291,235 0.49%
HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDS INC    (COM) HII 181,096,000 1,737,800 0.49%
EXXON MOBIL CORP    (COM) XOM 174,819,000 1,858,791 0.47%

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