97. David Shaw

Forbes - - PROMOTION — DAN FRANCIS -

Shaw started out as a Columbia pro­fes­sor but left academia for Wall Street in the 1980s, us­ing his com­puter science back­ground to be­come a pi­o­neer in quan­ti­ta­tive fi­nance. He founded hedge fund D.E. Shaw in 1988, and the firm counts lu­mi­nar­ies such as Jeff Be­zos (No. 2) and John Overdeck (No. 122) among its alumni. Shaw has since turned over the day-to-day operations of his $43 billion busi­ness, opt­ing to lead a team on com­pu­ta­tional bio­chem­istry re­search in­stead. He also is back to teach­ing at Columbia.

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