David E. Shaw

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David Elliot Shaw
Born (1951-03-29) March 29, 1951 (age 63)
Alma mater B.S. University of California, San Diego
PhD Stanford University
Occupation Founder and CEO of D. E. Shaw & Co.
Net worth Increase US$ 3.6 billion (March 2014)[1]
Spouse(s) Beth Kobliner

David Elliot Shaw (born March 29, 1951) is an American computer scientist and computational biochemist who founded D. E. Shaw & Co.,[2] a hedge fund company which was once described by Fortune magazine as "the most intriguing and mysterious force on Wall Street."[3] A former faculty member in the computer science department at Columbia University, Shaw made his fortune exploiting inefficiencies in financial markets with the help of state-of-the-art high speed computer networks. In 1996, Fortune magazine referred to him as "King Quant" because of his firm's pioneering role in high-speed quantitative trading.[3] In 2001, Shaw turned to full-time scientific research in computational biochemistry, more specifically molecular dynamics simulations of proteins.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Shaw received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980, then became a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University.[5] While at Columbia, Shaw conducted research in massively parallel computing with the Non-Von supercomputer. This supercomputer was composed of processing elements in a tree structure meant to be used for fast relational database searches. Earlier in his career, he founded Stanford Systems Corporation.

Career[edit]

In 1986, he joined Morgan Stanley, as vice president for technology in Nunzio Tartaglia's automated proprietary trading group. In 1988 he started his own hedge fund, "D. E. Shaw & Co.", which employed proprietary algorithms for securities trading. In 1994, Shaw was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, where he was chairman of the Panel on Educational Technology. In 2000, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science served as its treasurer 2000-2010. In 2007, Shaw was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Forbes estimated his wealth at $2.5 billion. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama again to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.[6] In 2012, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and in 2014 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Shaw is now Chief Scientist of D. E. Shaw Research, which conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of computational biochemistry. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia's medical school.

Personal life[edit]

Shaw is married to personal finance commentator and journalist Beth Kobliner.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - David Shaw" March 2014
  2. ^ "EXECUTIVE PROFILE: David Elliot Shaw Ph.D.". BusinessWeek. 
  3. ^ a b Aley, James (5 Feb 1996). "Wall Street's King Quant David Shaw's Secret Formulas Pile Up Money. Now He Wants a Piece of the Net.". Fortune. Retrieved 21 Aug 2009. 
  4. ^ Borrell, Brendan (16 January 2008). "Chemistry: Power play". Nature. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "David E. Shaw". Forbes. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "PCAST Home Page". 
  7. ^ The Real Deal: "Hedge funder spends $75M on Westchester manse" August 01, 2012

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