The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution

Gregory Zuckerman, the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers, answers the question investors have been asking for decades: How did Jim Simons do it?

Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award


Jim Simons is the greatest money maker in modern financial history. No other investor--Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Ray Dalio, Steve Cohen, or George Soros--can touch his record. Since 1988, Renaissance's signature Medallion fund has generated average annual returns of 66 percent. The firm has earned profits of more than $100 billion; Simons is worth twenty-three billion dollars.

Drawing on unprecedented access to Simons and dozens of current and former employees, Zuckerman, a veteran Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, tells the gripping story of how a world-class mathematician and former code breaker mastered the market. Simons pioneered a data-driven, algorithmic approach that's sweeping the world.

As Renaissance became a market force, its executives began influencing the world beyond finance. Simons became a major figure in scientific research, education, and liberal politics. Senior executive Robert Mercer is more responsible than anyone else for the Trump presidency, placing Steve Bannon in the campaign and funding Trump's victorious 2016 effort. Mercer also impacted the campaign behind Brexit.

The Man Who Solved the Market is a portrait of a modern-day Midas who remade markets in his own image, but failed to anticipate how his success would impact his firm and his country. It's also a story of what Simons's revolution means for the rest of us.

Title:The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution
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  • BlackOxford

    The Philosophy of Financial Markets There are essentially two ways, two visions, two philosophies, of conducting inquiry in the social sciences. In one, rational behaviour is defined by some plausibl...

  • Jacob Vorstrup Goldman

    If you, like me, have already scoured the interwebs for tidbits on Jim Simons and his Long Island quant powerhouse, then there is not too much new stuff here, but the story is still nice to revisit, a...

  • Tim O'Hearn

    Every few months, I get a LinkedIn message from a headhunter regarding a discreet search by a secretive firm in the New York area. The message will reference a team of leading computer scientists and ...

  • Maru Kun

    I've always wondered what Jim Simons, the liberal leaning head of Renaissance Technologies, thought of the co-head of his firm, Robert Mercer. I hope Simons lives long enough to see the consequences o...

  • ScienceOfSuccess

    It's not a bad book. If you like biographies focused on year by year events you will enjoy it.I was expecting something else. Some market knowledge, some mathematical formulas.The whole book is like l...

  • Niranjana

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I was looking forward to reading- the growth of quant-based trading in finance through the lens of arguably the most successful firm in the field.It...

  • Rick Sam

    An Excellent Biography, I enjoyed reading political factions within a company. It seems that it can be applied everywhere.I would recommend this to people who are interested in Biographies, Investment...

  • Dennis Cahillane

    A nice telling of the people behind Renaissance Technologies, although I would've liked more math and equations...

  • Drtaxsacto

    Zuckerman is a superb spinner of complex stories, his latest book is no exception. Quantitative investing developed over the last 40 years as a result of increased use of mathematical formulas and lar...

  • Fred Forbes

    Show me the money! Prove it, in other words, a major mantra in my financial services world and prove it they do. Renaissance Technology, despite the highest fees among major hedge funds has managed to...