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The Number One: Investor rich list: Here’s who’s killing it in the hedge-fund business

“When everyone is running around like a chicken with its head cut off, that’s pretty good for us.” That’s a quote from hedge-fund legend James Simons back in the days of the dot-com bubble in November 2000, but it still applies today.

Yes, the current climate has, indeed, been “pretty good” for Simons and his shareholders — just like most every other climate, it seems.

The founder and chairman of Renaissance Technologies earned $1.7 billion in 2017 to take the top spot on the 17th edition of the Institutional Investor’s annual Rich List. He’s held the crown for three straight years now and is the only individual to qualify for the list every single year it’s been produced.

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