Greatest investors

The world’s greatest investors: Geraldine Weiss

Geraldine Weiss was a value investor, but believed that people should focus on dividends, rather than earnings.

The world’s greatest investors: Anne Scheiber

After suffering big losses in the 1930s due to poor advice from her stockbroker, Anne Scheiber took direct control of her investments.

Richard Thaler: the less attention you pay, the more money you'll have

Richard Thaler

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author, academic and fund manager Richard Thaler about pensions freedom, central bankers and fund management fees.

The world’s greatest investors: Hetty Green

Known as the “Witch of Wall Street”, Hetty Green was an early value investor, buying securities when they were cheap.

Where to search for hidden gems

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Funds are getting so big they can’t stoop to pick up smaller firms. That’s great for nimbler players such as Nick Greenwood, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The world’s greatest investors: Mark Slater

Mark Slater

Mark Slater helped edit his father Jim Slater’s book, The Zulu Principle, before setting up his own fund.

The world’s greatest investors: Jack Dreyfus

Jack Dreyfus was a market timer and adopted a “contrarian” strategy that put the majority of his funds’ assets into stocks during times of great pessimism.

The world’s greatest investors: Philip Carret

Philip Carret

Philip Carret was a value investor, buying stocks in obscure companies that he felt were undervalued, aiming to at least double his investment.

The world’s greatest investors: James Simons

James Simons started his hedge fund in 1978. Between 1989 and 2016, he returned just under 40% a year after fees.

The world’s greatest investors: Leon Levy

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Leon Levy made a fortune from betting against the crowd.

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