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Centaurus’ Arnold funds obesity research


The retired hedge fund billionaire backs a novel effort to study nutrition science.

John and Laura Arnold

In May, John Arnold simply said he would “pursue other interests” in a letter announcing the closing of his highly successful energy hedge fund firm Centaurus Advisors. Those interests are now coming into focus through the 38-year-old’s philanthropic foundation and a donation announced today to fund novel obesity research.

The $900 million Laura and John Arnold Foundation is the lead backer for The Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), which is “dedicated to dramatically reducing the economic and social burden of obesity and obesity-related diseases by significantly improving nutrition science,” according to a