Nelson Saiers is an American artist and math Ph.D. He earned his doctorate in 1 year at age 23. Before becoming an artist, he was previously Chief Investment Officer of Saiers Capital, LLC (formerly Alphabet Management, LLC). Earlier in his career he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank AG.
In 1998, Nelson Saiers earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia at the age of 23, only one year after completing his undergraduate studies. He studied algebraic topology and cobordism theory.
At Deutsche Bank Saiers was known for his mental math abilities, in particular, squaring large numbers. On one such occasion in 2008, he squared a 20-digit number in his head on a flight back to New York from a business meeting in London. In 2009 after spending several days squaring a 43 digit number Saiers suffered from severe headaches and a reduced capacity to form sentences. While these symptoms dissipated within a couple of days, this episode led him to give up on his ultimate goal squaring of a 50 digit number.
Nelson began his trading career at Susquehanna Investment Group. He also later worked at UBS and Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche Bank, Nelson was a Managing Director and ran a proprietary trading business focused on derivatives.
In July 2010, Nelson left Deustche Bank to join Alphabet Management, a New York hedge fund specializing in options. He was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in March 2011, just eight months after joining the firm. Saiers' younger brother Scott also joined Alphabet in February 2012 as Head Trader. In 2011, Alphabet Management won the HFMWeek award for the top Relative Value Hedge Fund. 
Nelson is currently a professional artist based in New York City. Mathematics, finance, physics, and braille play a significant role in his art. His art has been featured in solo shows at Harvard University, Alcatraz, HG Contemporary Gallery, and Studio Vendome. The New York Observer referred to Saiers as "The Warhol of Wall Street"  and Artnet asked if he is a modern-day Kandinsky.
Life and personalityEdit
Saiers was born in Denver, Colorado but raised in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Swaziland, and Ghana while his father worked for the USAID. As a child he lived through several wars including tanks firing outside his house in Afghanistan and being held up at machine gun point as a one year old. Saiers is a practicing Christian.
Nelson has been quoted in Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and The Financial Post on topics such as China, India, European Sovereign Debt, Facebook, Dell, and the price of gold as well as overall market trends.
Nelson has an affiliation with charity: water, which attempts to provide clean water to those in developing countries. Nelson is a Founding Member of The Well, a core group of donors who support charity: water.
In October 2013, during the graffiti artist Banksy's month-long New York project "Better Out Than In," Nelson made a public offer to donate $100,000 to the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort if Banksy created a legal mural in New York to raise awareness for people still affected by the storm. An anonymous donor "RD" has also joined this effort, and has pledged an additional $100,000. Nelson has created a website for the effort: http://www.heybanksy.com. Whether the piece was created or not is unknown, but on October 28, Nelson decided to go forward with the $100,000 donation regardless.
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