Shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, Gregory Zuckerman’s latest book paints a portrait of Jim Simons, the founder of Renaissance Technologies and the greatest money maker in modern financial history.
Drawing on unprecedented access to Simons and dozens of current and former employees, Greg tells the gripping story of how a world-class mathematician and former code breaker pioneered a data-driven, algorithmic approach that’s now sweeping the world.
But this story goes beyond finance. As Renaissance became a market force, Simons became a major figure in scientific research, education and liberal politics. Another senior executive at Renaissance, Robert Mercer, is perhaps more responsible than anyone for the Trump presidency and also impacted the Brexit campaign.
Former Executive Director of Europol on Money Laundering - where we are and where we should be
Money laundering is a huge issue globally – estimates put the sums involved at 2-5% of global GDP. European legislation has been tightened to address the problem, but it is not operating effectively. Not only does it not keep pace with the perpetrators but it also does not achieve what it sets out to do, being focussed more on compliance than on identified problem flows of money.
Sir Rob Wainwright, former Executive Director of Europol will talk about the problem and how we can make progress towards meeting our real goals in this area.