Great investors are the financial stars of the world, they are the movers and shakers of the economy, they build businesses, create jobs and in most cases help others achieve the same.
Below is a list of world’s greatest investors
Ben Graham excelled as an investment manager and financial educator. He authored, among other works, two investment classics of unparalleled importance. He is also universally recognized as the father of two fundamental investment disciplines security analysis and value investing.
The essence of Graham’s value investing is that any investment should be worth substantially more than an investor has to pay for it.
One of the past century’s top contributors, it is said about John Templeton that he bought low during the Depression, sold high during the Internet boom, and made more than a few good calls in between. Templeton created some of the world’s largest and most successful international investment funds. He sold his Templeton funds in 1992 to the Franklin Group. In 1999, Money magazine called him arguably the greatest global stock picker of the century.
Peter Lynch managed the Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990, during which the fund’s assets grew from $20 million to $14 billion. More importantly, Lynch reportedly beat the S&P 500 Index benchmark in 11 of those 13 years, achieving an annual average return of 29%.
Often described as a “chameleon,” Peter Lynch adapted to whatever investment style worked at the time. But when it came to picking specific stocks, Peter Lynch stuck to what he could easily understand.
George Soros was a master at translating extensive economic trends into leveraged plays in bonds and currencies. As an investor, Soros was a short-term speculator, making huge bets on the directions of financial markets. In 1973, George Soros founded the hedge fund company of Soros Fund Management, which later evolved into the well-known and respected Quantum Fund. For close to two decades, he ran the aggressive and successful hedge fund, reportedly racking up returns in excess of 30% per year and, on two occasions, posting annual returns of more than 100%.
Popularly referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha”,
” Warren Buffett is viewed as one of the most successful investors in history.
Following the principles set out by Benjamin Graham, he has amassed a multibillion dollar fortune mainly through buying stocks and companies through Berkshire Hathaway. Those who invested $10,000 in Berkshire Hathaway in 1965 are above the $50 million mark today.
Buffett’s investing style of discipline, patience, and value has consistently outperformed the market for decades.
Bogle founded the Vanguard Group mutual fund company in 1974 and made it into one of the world’s largest and most respected fund sponsors. Bogle pioneered the no-load mutual fund and championed low-cost index investing for millions of investors. He created and introduced the first index fund, Vanguard 500, in 1976.