In the investment world, if you have a keen sense of the market and all of its inner workings, you can anticipate highs and lows and invest your assets with little or no risk. Some investors have created formulas and strategies, based on their knowledge, that have turned this risky business into a guaranteed money maker every time, making these investors the rock stars of the industry in their own right.
Warren Buffet This man is hands down, considered to be the single most successful “investor of the 20th century,” thus ranking him as one of the “wealthiest people in the world.” He is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate holding company. He has vowed to use the incredible amount of money he has made on his investments for good by vowing to donate 99% of it to charity.
Buffet showed his interest in investing as a child, capitalizing on anything from a paper route to his own fleet of pinball machines. Michael Burry One of the first to “invest in the impending subprime mortgage crisis,” Michael Burry has been described as a “risk-avoider;” Burry describes himself as always having been somewhat of an analyst in any situation, making him the perfect fit for founding his own Hedge fund, Scion Capital.
Banking on logic allowed him to make many calculated investments that returned substantial profit at little to no risk. Seth KlarmanOn the more conservative side of the bunch, Seth Karman is known for not investing in his portfolios using all the assets at his disposal. He makes unusual choices regarding where he invests and goes against the obvious options, investing in “undervalued” stock options and making profit when their value increases.
He is the founder of Bedpost Group and the author of Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor, of which a copy has sold on e-bay for over a thousand dollars. Marc Faber This man is most well-known for his prediction of the stock market crash in 1987 when he advised his clients to pull out directly before it happened.
He is the founder of Marc Faber Limited and is known worldwide for his contrarian investment beliefs. He speaks regularly on the subject through an array of venues including consulting on CNBC.Peter Thiel-founder and CEO of PayPal and one of the first investors for Facebook, Peter Thiel is now serving as President of a global hedge fund dealing with over seven hundred million dollars, Clarion Capital.
Capitalizing on the .com “bubble,” he has made many investments in .com businesses in the early stages of their development and has profited greatly from this. He can be seen all over the financial circuit in interviews and providing consultations on smart investing.
Jesse Livermore Beginning his trading career at the early age of fourteen Jesse Livermore made a name for himself by becoming widely well known for short selling during two early stock market crashes, 1907 and 1929.
After the 1929 crash, his net worth totaled over one hundred million dollars. By his death in 1940, only ten years later he had lost it all. He is the author of How to Trade in Stocks and was known as “the Great Bear of Wall Street. “John Neff Known as a “tactical contrarian investor,” John Neff is one of the most famous mutual fund investors, perhaps best known for leading Vanguard’s Windsor Fund. He is the author of John Neff on Investing and has a professorship in his honor at the Wharton School of Business. James Simons This man is founder and CEO of one of the world’s largest and most successful hedge funds, Renaissance Technologies, operating out of New York City.
In his early career, he was a teacher of mathematics at Harvard University. Along with his wife, he founded the Paul Simons Foundation using the wealth he achieved with his success in the stock market to bring awareness to education and health issues, among other contributions.
Bill Grosso-founder Pacific Investment Management, Bill Gross manages one of the world’s largest mutual funds. He attributes a great deal of his success in the trading industry to his background and early career as a professional card player in Las Vegas.
He is the author of Bill Gross on Investing and Everything You’ve Heard about Investing is wrong. Peter Schiff With a 6th sense when it comes to investments, Peter Schiff predicted the 2008 stock market crash. He has a keen sense for being able to see what is going to happen next in the financial world and act upon it before it happens, reaping the benefits. George Gallagher is a writer for a handful of financial and education blogs. When not writing he also helps inform people in their student loan decisions.