Forbes: James Simons, Ira Rennert among richest LIers

James Simons addresses a gathering at the new

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James Simons addresses a gathering at the new Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at the Stony Brook University. The building was started by a gift from the James and Marilyn Simons Foundation. (Oct. 26, 2010) (Credit: John Dunn)

James Simons, the one-time math professor and military code breaker who made a fortune applying his dizzying gift for numbers to financial markets, remains Long Island's richest man, according to Forbes' 2012 list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

With a net worth of $11 billion, the East Setauket resident is 28th on the overall list, and among five Long Islanders in the elite club. The others...

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