Nathaniel Simons is is a principal at Renaissance Technologies, one of the world's most successful hedge funds. Nat has been the portfolio manager of the Meritage Fund since its inception in 1997. Meritage is a combination of a hedge fund of funds and a direct investment fund. Prior to this position, he worked as a Renaissance futures trader from April 1995 to August 1997 and as a data analyst from August 1994 to April 1995. He lives in Berkely, CA.
His father is James Simons, the billionaire founder of Renaissance Technologies. With an estimated net worth of $10.6 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 74th-richest person in the world and the 27th-richest person in America. He was named by the Financial Times in 2006 as "the world's smartest billionaire". In 2011 he was included in the 50 Most Influential ranking of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. In 2008 alone, Simons made $2.5 billion.