Greatest investors

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

Leon Levy © Rex Features

Leon Levy made a fortune from betting against the crowd.

The world’s greatest investors: Daniel Loeb

Loeb is known as an activist investor, buying into companies that he thinks could be run better.

The world’s greatest investors: Louis Bacon

Louis Bacon became interested in markets after captaining a sports fishing boat for broker Walter Frank.

The world’s greatest investors: Michael Platt

Michael Platt

BlueCrest hedge fund co-founder Michael Platt is quick to cut his losses, but happy to let his winners run.

The world’s greatest investors: Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett

As an income investor, Mark Barnett focuses on firms paying relatively high levels of dividends.

The world’s greatest investors: Joel Greenblatt

Legendary investors Joel Greenblatt began as a traditional value investor, looking for companies on low price/earnings (p/e) ratios.

The world’s greatest investors: Kyle Bass

Kyle Bass made $500m after buying credit default swaps on US subprime mortgage securities in the run up to the financial crisis.

The world’s greatest investors: Martin Taylor

Legendary investor Martin Taylor’s focus was on emerging markets.

The world’s greatest investors: John Arnold

John Arnold analysed energy firms’ data to decide when natural gas was cheap or expensive.

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