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James Harris Simons

James Harris «Jim» Simons, a grandson of the owner of a shoe factory in Massachusetts, received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1958 and received his Ph.D., also in mathematics at UC Berkeley in 1962 at the age of 23 years. From 1961 to 1964 he taught mathematics at MIT and Harvard. In 1964-1968 he held a research position in the Communications Research Division of the Institute of Defense Analysis. In 1968 he became head of the mathematics department at Stony Brook University. During his university entered the top ten in the U.S.. In 1976, Simons was Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry American Mathematical Society for his work on multi-dimensional surfaces that minimize area, and characteristic forms. He proved the assumption Bernstein until dimension 8, and also improved the properties of regularity result Wendell H. Fleming on the generalized Plateau problem. In 1978, Simons left academia in order to establish an investment fund.



James Stephen Fossett

James Stephen Fossett was born April 22, 1944, in Jackson, Tennessee. Childhood and youth passed in Garden Grove, California. From a young age Steve Fossett was a member of the Scout Movement. In 1966, Fossett graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics. In 1968 he was awarded the title of Master of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In the same year, Steve Fossett married Peggy Wieland.

Up to 40 years old Fossett was known only in business circles. He made a very successful career at the exchange, and even became the founder of the largest U.S. trading corporation Lakota Trading Inc., Co-owner of the company Scaled Composites.

In 1985, apparently bored of achievements in business, Steve Fossett decided to swim the English Channel. It was just a challenge to myself — and the fourth time he did it. Incidentally, it is interesting that for the first extreme achievement, Steve has committed, not invested in it, no dollar. In the future it will also be very practical given his passion for extreme entertainment.



Henry Clews

Henri Clouzot was born in England in 1836, and in 1850 emigrated to the United States. Clouzot began as a clerk in a large company-importer, and only later moved into the financial sector business. Clouzot became a member of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the panic of 1857, during which prices have fallen about 50 percent. «This crisis has sounded a funeral march for the old conservatism in the» Street «- wrote Clouzot. — There was a young race of financiers, to fill the seats of the old conservative leaders. » For all its extravagance Clouzot was an investor in the price. He realized that «in light of all this tumultuous mass of facts are the laws of nature if we study them for their control facilities, they (the laws) will be working exactly the same way as the rising sun.»



William Delbert Gann

William Delbert Gann was born June 6, 1878 in Lufkin, Texas. His father, Samuel Houston Gann, was a teacher, selling horses and cows. He also owned a small billiard club. His mother, Susan Rebecca Gann (nee Trevation), devoted all his time raising VD Gann and his younger brothers and sisters. She taught the young William to read through the Bible — the book, which later had an enormous impact on his thinking about the nature of financial markets. His family was poor. Samuel, Susan and their eight children lived in a small house, and young William to get to school every day, walked seven miles over three years. Gunn never finished high school.

In 1894, William Gunn, aged 16, he left teaching and began to look for work. He became a peddler (selling newspapers, food …) in the train, which traveled between Texarkana and Tyler, Texas. He also worked at the cotton warehouse.

In 1901, he worked at a brokerage firm in Texarkana, and married his first wife, Rena May Smith.

In 1902, the first daughter was born — Nora. 1902 was also the first year, when Gunn made his first deal in cotton.

In 1903 Gann moved to New York. He was already 25 years old.



Victor Niederhoffer

In April 2006 Niderhoffer Victor (Victor Niederhoffer) appeared on the evening in a New York hotel St. Regis, which brought together some 300 leading fund managers of America. Passing under the gilded chandeliers in a blazer the color of lavender, he felt that once again raised at the summit of success. In 1980-90-ies. Victor Niderhoffer created for himself a vast fortune and a reputation as one of the most prominent hedge fund managers in the United States. But his undoing excessive love of risk: before the Asian financial crisis, he played in improving Thai shares, and during the crisis — on the rise in the index Standard & Poor’s 500, using the naked option on the index. When the markets collapsed, Victor Niderhoffer overnight, lost everything — $ 130 millionth Fund and almost all of their own savings. It seemed that life has dealt him a crushing blow, but he managed to overcome the way up the second time. Speaking to the financiers, honored him in St. Regis, Niderhoffer stressed how highly appreciates «the difficult and courageous» decision to reward him after he had once failed.

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