Top 10 Influential Investors

Had the following list of influential investors combined their net worth, they could have bought South Africa (and probably made a profit). Even in the times of boom-and-bust cycles, subprime mortgages, credit card debt and corporate corruption, their advice and philosophy to investing stood true. Know the company and know the math, they argue, and you’ll beat the market.

Top 10 Influential Investors

Many of these influential investors got their knocks during the Great Depression, lessons they used to profit from the Arab Oil Embargo, World War II, the Great Recession and other market grenades. Most eschewed “wizardly” technical analysis, preferring simple number crunching and intense market research. As Warren Buffet advised, “Rule 1: Never lose money. Rule 2: Never forget Rule 1.”

Charles Merrill --- NYT





  1. Charles Merrill

During the 1930s, as Colorado farmers suffered from the Dust Bowl, Charles E. Merrill – “Good Time Charlie” – was enjoying his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. How did he manage it? In 1914, Merrill partnered with Edmund Lynch to form the investment company, Merrill Lynch and Company. A long-term investor, Merrill focused on growth. He grew the Safeway food chain into more than 3,500 stores. He detested short-term speculation and, later in life, instructed his employees to teach new couples the foundations of stock market investing.

Thomas Rowe Price, Jr.






  2. Thomas Rowe Price, Jr.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry, Thomas Rowe Price, Jr., promptly switched to finance. Price became known as the father of growth stocks, selecting companies that emphasized research and development and had a strong sales team. Then he held on for dear life. When he finally sold his 3M shares after 50 years, he made a profit of 17,000 percent.

Philip Fisher






  3. Philip Fisher

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