Per Håkan Börjesson is a Swedish CEO and author. He is a resident of Stockholm and CEO and principal owner of Investment AB since 1986, where he has been full-time since 1997.
Per Håkan Börjesson holds an MSc in Industrial Economics from Linköping University of Technology and an MBA degree from Columbia University. During the 1980s, he worked with Ericsson in the USA and was a SIAR business consultant in Stockholm, and has worked with small family companies, unlisted shares and asset management.
He is a member of the Board of Brothers Börjesson's car, Mälardalen's Finance and Debt Collection, the Alternative Stock Market and the Spiltan Funds.
Per H Börjesson discusses small business and financing, has held talks and has written three books: This is how all Swedes can become millionaires, How to get a rich life as a retiree: end pension savings!, and This is How Warren Buffett became the world's richest person. All three books are published by the Stock Savings Knowledge Publishing.
For more information on Splitan, click here. https://www.spiltan.se/spiltan-as-a-partner
Mr. Thomas S. Gayner, also known as Tom, has been Co-Chief Executive Officer of Markel Corp. since January 1, 2016. Mr. Gayner is the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Markel Ventures, Inc., where he had been the President since May 2010. He served as the Chief Investment Officer at Markel Ventures, Inc. from May 2010 until December 2015. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Secretary at Markel-Gayner Asset Management Corporation and has been its President since December 1990. He served as the President of Markel Corp. from May 2010 to January 1, 2016 and its Chief Investment Officer from January 2001 to December 2015. He served as an Executive Vice President of Markel Corporation from May 2004 to May 2010. He joined Markel Corporation in 2001.
Previously, he was a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a Vice President of Davenport & Company of Virginia. He serves as Principal and Member of Fund Manager Board of Markel|Eagle Partners LLC. He served as an Equity Analyst at Davenport & Company LLC's Research Division. He serves as the Chairman of various funds in the fund complex of Davis Funds. He has been an Independent Director of Cable ONE, Inc. since June 5, 2015, Colfax Corporation since May 13, 2008 and WP Company LLC since January 18, 2007. He has been a Director of Markel Corp. since August 30, 2016. He serves as Lead Independent Director at Cable ONE, Inc. He has been an Independent Director at Graham Holdings Company since January 18, 2007.
Additionally, Mr. Gayner serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Richmond. He serves as a Director of Diamond Healthcare Corporation. He served as a Director of Markel Gayner Asset Management Corporation until 2004. He served as a Director of Markel Corporation from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Gayner received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia in 1983.
Beini Zhou is a Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia and manages the firm's Asia Value Strategy, and co-manages the Asia Small Companies Strategy. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2013, he was a Research Analyst with Artisan Partners on the Global Value Team, responsible for covering pan-Asia stocks across all industries. Before joining Artisan in 2005, Beini spent three years as a senior product analyst at Oracle Corp.
He received an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College. He is fluent in Mandarin. Beini has been a Portfolio Manager of the Matthews Asia Value Fund since its inception in 2015 and of the Matthews Asia Small Companies Fund since 2014.
Mr. Thomas Russo is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Gardner Russo & Gardner. He joined the firm in 1989. Mr. Russo is also a General Partner at Semper Vic Partners, L.P. and Semper Vic Partners (QP), L.P. Prior to this, he was employed at Ruane Cunniff & Company and Cumberland Associates. Mr. Russo is a member of California Bar Association and the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School. He is also a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School. Mr. Russo is a member of Dartmouth College’s President’s Leadership Council and the Dean’s Circle at Stanford Law School. He received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1977. Mr. Russo has also obtained M.B.A. and J.D. degree from Stanford University in 1984.
Yefei Lu is a Portfolio Manager at Shareholder Value Management AG, a value investment company based in Frankfurt, Germany. Previous to Shareholder Value Management, Mr. Lu worked for a single family investment office in Munich, Germany and for McKinsey & Company in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Lu has an MBA from the London Business School, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA.
Bob Robotti is the founder and CIO of Robotti & Company Advisors LLC, a registered investment adviser, and president of Robotti & Company LLC, a registered broker-dealer. Mr. Robotti began his career as an accountant, and served as CFO of Gabelli & Company before founding Robotti & Company in 1983. The firm's success over time has been due to his and his team's ability to identify companies trading at a significant discount to intrinsic value. While investing across a wide range of industries, Mr. Robotti has been particularly active in the energy sector for his entire career. Mr. Robotti graduated from Bucknell University and holds an MBA from Pace University.
Prior to founding Alpine Peaks Capital in 2017, Jennifer spent the previous ten years at Select Equity Group, L.P., a fundamentally-focused equity hedge fund and long only manager based in New York, with assets under management in excess of $20 billion. She worked from 2007 to 2017 on the firm's domestic equity strategies. At the time of her departure in 2017, Jennifer served as the sole associate portfolio manager of the firm's flagship hedge fund strategy SEG Partners (the firm's U.S. long/short strategy) in addition to her responsibilities as a senior analyst for Select's small and mid-cap long only strategy. During her tenure, Jennifer focused on the short selling process and helped design and implement formal risk and portfolio analytics for the firm. Jennifer began her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in its New York office from 2001 to 2003, advising multi-national corporations across industries on global strategy and operational efficiencies. From 2003-2007, Jennifer studied at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, from which she earned a joint JD cum laude and MBA in 2007. Jennifer received an AB cum laude in International Relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2001.
William is the founder of Smead Capital Management, where he oversees the firm. As Chief Investment Officer, he is the final decision-maker for investment and portfolio decisions as well as reviewing the implementation of those decisions in the firm's separate accounts and mutual funds.
William began his career in the investment business with Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1980. He left Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1989 as First Vice President/Assistant Manager and joined Oppenheimer & Co., where he stayed until joining Smith Barney in 1990. William remained at Smith Barney until September 2001 when he joined Wachovia Securities becoming the Managing Director/Portfolio Manager of Smead Investment Group of Wachovia Securities. In 2007, William left Wachovia Securities to found Smead Capital Management.
(1) Where and for whom an absolute return strategy would make sense
(2) What characteristics make for the best absolute return ecosystem
(3) Why absolute return strategy has significant structural advantages
(4) Investing in smaller-cap industrials/cyclicals
Charles "Chuck" Murphy, CFA, founded Liberty Park Capital Management in Austin, Texas in 2012 and is the Portfolio Manager of Liberty Park Fund, LP, a low-net, true-alpha long/short equity hedge fund with an emphasis on smaller-cap industrial equities.
Prior to founding Liberty Park, Mr. Murphy spent seven years as a Senior Analyst covering the industrials sector at Sidoti & Co., the largest provider of small-cap equity research in the United States. While at Sidoti, Mr. Murphy was named a "Master Stock Picker" in the Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" survey. Prior to Sidoti, Mr. Murphy worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Originally from El Ferrol, Spain, Mr. Parames graduated with a degree in Economics and a MBA from IESE School of Business in Barcelona. His track record of 25 years near the top of performance rankings makes him one of Europe's leading asset managers in the "value" school.
As a self-taught follower of Warren Buffett's investment approach, his asset management style is based on strictly applying the principles of value investing (Graham, Buffett, Peter Lynch, etc), within the framework of the Austrian business cycle theory.
Mr. Parames is a voracious reader, and he seems to get through books as briskly as his daily walks. He is also a keen swimmer, and sometimes plays golf.
Author of the book Investing for the Long-Term.
Ronald L. Olson is a name partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Olson’s practice involves a combination of litigation and corporate counseling. He counsels individual executives and boards of directors in a wide range of matters, including transactions and corporate governance. Mr. Olson has also been the lead partner in numerous high-profile litigation matters.
Mr. Olson is a director of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, City National Corporation, Graham Holdings Company, and Western Asset Trusts. He serves as a director of several non-profits, including the RAND Corporation (formerly chair), the Mayo Clinic, and the California Institute of Technology. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (1981-1982) and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary (1991-1992). He was also chairman of the board of trustees of Claremont University Center and Graduate School (1984-1994), founding chairman of the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (1999-2004) and a director of the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2010).
For more information on the Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, please click here.
Bruce Whitman joined FlightSafety International in 1961 as Assistant to the President after two years as Senior Executive Assistant with the National Business Aircraft Association. Later that year, he was elected Vice President and a Director of the company. In 1962, he was named Executive Vice President. He was promoted to CEO in 2003.
He served on the Associate Membership Advisory Council of the National Business Aircraft Association and Board of Governors and Executive Committees of the Flight Safety Foundation and the Civil Air Patrol. Bruce is a former Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Petroleum Helicopters and chaired the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committees of the Aviall Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Executive Committee of PASSUR Aerospace. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of FlightSafety Boeing Training International; Aerospace Industries Association; an Executive Committee member of NATA's Air Charter Safety Foundation; former Board of Governor and President Emeritus of The Wings Club Foundation.
Bruce is Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee of Orbis International; a Director Emeritus of the Civil Air Patrol and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is on the Boards of the Corporate Angel Network, General Aviation Manufacturers Association and National Aeronautic Association; Trustee of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation and past Vice Chairman; Trustee of Kent School; a Trustee, founding member of the Board of the National World War II Museum, member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Development Committee; member of the Board and Audit Committee of Business Executives for National Security; and Chairman of the USO of Metropolitan New York.
Following graduation from Kent School in 1951, he spent two summers as a seaman with the United States Merchant Marine while attending Trinity College, where he was on the Varsity Tennis Team for three years, and a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. Graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Air Force and earned the triple ratings of pilot, navigator and bombardier serving in the Strategic Air Command. In 1957, he was appointed Assistant to the Commander, Homestead Air Force Base.
After active duty, he attended George Washington University Law School for two years. While at GWU, he flew as a Captain for East Coast Flying Service and was a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. During that time, he was Vice President of the Trinity College Washington Alumni Association. Later he also served as Vice President of the King School Board of Trustees.
Bruce was Commodore and a Director of The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich, Connecticut, having also been Vice Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman of the Admissions Committee. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Belle Haven Land Association and was its President. (Bio courtesy flightsafety.com)
Nicole Friedman covers Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway and the insurance industry for The Wall Street Journal in New York City. She previously covered oil and natural-gas markets. Before the Journal, Nicole worked as a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. She is from California and attended Brown University. Follow her on Twitter: @NicoleFriedman.
For more information on Ms. Friedman: http://topics.wsj.com/person/F/nicole-friedman/7823
Robert P. Miles is an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.
Pursued by journalists and media moguls on just about each and every move that Mr. Buffett makes, Robert is not only a long term shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway [nyse: BRKa/BRKb], he has had the great honor of getting to know Warren Buffett, the man and the remarkable wealth-building strategist.
He is the author of 3 books, has created assorted audio and video programs, and has appeared on many radio and television programs on five continents, including NPR, CNN, CNN International, CNBC, FOX Business, Channel News Asia, Sky Business News, Shanghai Today, CNBC Asia, CNBC Africa and Bloomberg TV. His Buffett CEO book was featured as a special on National Public Television's Nightly Business Report.
As the writer of the top-selling books, The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets From the Berkshire Hathaway Managers and 101 Reasons To Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway [Wiley], Robert has relentlessly followed his passion and found great success in doing so.
He is the author and presenter of Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World’s Greatest Investor[Wiley (book) and Nightingale (audio)]. He is host of the Buffett CEO Talk video series, conversations with the Berkshire Hathaway managers filmed before live studio audiences and broadcast on public television.
Many of his live keynotes, along with his hardcover and paperback books have been translated into assorted foreign languages, including Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese.
Known for his subtle wit and entertaining stories, this author without borders has shared his valuable insights, strategies, philosophies, and anecdotes with enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.
For more than a decade, Miles has given hundreds of live presentations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia in 15 countries, over 45 cities and 12 universities.
Miles is the founder and host of the original Value Investor Conference held each year immediately preceding the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. Attendees from all 6 continents enjoy this unique retreat style forum featuring presentations from Warren Buffett CEOs, global investment managers and best-selling authors.
In the fall of 2011, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Robert Miles created the curriculum and began teaching a graduate Executive MBA course based on his worldwide lectures and titled The Genius of Warren Buffett: The Science of Investing and the Art of Managing. This one of a kind program includes a distinguished speaker series, multiple valuation case studies of actual businesses and stocks purchased by Warren Buffett, and for the final exam, student presentations of businesses they think would best fit into the Berkshire family of businesses.
Miles is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School and resides in Tampa, Florida.
Recommended Books by Robert P. Miles: (1) 101 Reasons to Own the World's Greatest Investment (2) Warren Buffett CEO (3) Warren Buffett Wealth