An investment firm is hiring mathematicians…

An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the first round of interviews, three hopeful recent graduates – a pure mathematician, an applied mathematician, and a graduate in mathematical finance – are asked what starting salary they are expecting.
The pure mathematician: Would $30,000 be too much?
The applied mathematician: I think $60,000 would be OK.
The math finance person: What about $300,000?
The personnel officer is flabberghasted: Do you know that we have a graduate in pure mathematics who is willing to do the same work for a tenth of what you are demanding!?
Well, I thought of $135,000 for me, $135,000 for you – and $30,000 for the pure mathematician who will do the work.

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