• This article looks at the top 11 greatest investors of all time, who have achieved unparalleled success in the financial world.
• It provides an overview of their investment strategies and philosophies, which can help guide new investors in developing successful approaches.
• Warren Buffett, George Soros, Carl Icahn, Peter Lynch, John Templeton and others are among the most successful investors in history.
Warren Buffett is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century and has a net worth of over $108 billion. He follows a long-term value investing approach and looks for companies that are undervalued by the market. He believes in holding onto investments for a long period of time as he is a long-term investor. To find good companies, he looks for those with a “moat”, which is a sustainable competitive advantage that makes it difficult for other companies to compete.
George Soros is known for his aggressive currency speculation and has a net worth of $8.6 billion. His key investment principle is reflexivity which states that market conditions are influenced by both subjective perceptions and interpretations of reality as well as actual fact. Investors can better predict and profit from market swings by understanding reflexivity according to Soros‘ beliefs. Additionally, he promotes the concept of „margin of safety“ which holds that investors should buy assets that are substantially undervalued compared to their real value to reduce losses caused by any unexpected circumstances in the future.
Carl Icahn has a net worth estimated at $21 billion and is one of Wall Street’s most famous corporate raider investors who specialize in taking controlling stakes in distressed companies with potential for improvement or turnaround opportunities . He favours high debt levels combined with strong cash flows when looking for takeover targets since this gives him leverage when negotiating terms with target companies’ management teams or shareholders . His aggressive tactics often result in dramatic changes within affected corporations including layoffs , asset sales , strategic shifts , dividend payments , spinoffs etc .
Peter Lynch & John Templeton
Peter Lynch was manager of Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990 where he generated 29% annual return on average during his tenure . He followed an investment philosophy called ‚growth at reasonable price‘ (GARP) which involves buying stocks below their intrinsic values while having growth potentials . On the other hand John Templeton was renowned global investor who established Templeton Growth Fund Ltd., first global mutual fund back in 1954 . He also held diversified portfolios consisting mostly stocks but also bonds & commodities while using leveraged options trading strategies to generate higher returns on his investments .