5 Famous Investors – And Their Investing Secrets

Famous investors are famous because they understand the market, they understand business, and they understand human behavior. Anyone invested in the market can learn a lot from these pros who’ve already mastered the craft.

Here’s a roundup of 5 famous investors – and some of the investing secrets to learn from them.

Famous Investor #1: Dennis Gartman

Gartman is an accomplished trader and is the author of the The Gartman Letter, a newsletter that summarizes and discusses global capital markets. Many hedge funds and big firms read it every morning, using his ideas and analysis in their decision-making process.

Some of his investing secrets:

  • Patience – be careful about selling winning stocks too quickly
  • Don’t hesitate to get rid of losing stocks
  • Lots of small profits = big profits
  • It’s okay to take chances, but be smart about what you do next

Famous Investor #2: Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest and most famous investors in the world and has experience with finances on a global scale, acting as advisor to many world leaders. He writes an annual shareholder letter to the investors of Berkshire Hathaway that has been used to teach finance in many university classes.

Some of his investing secrets:

  • Take the quality, as well as the price of a company, into consideration
  • Look at balance sheets, listen to conference calls, and believe in the management team
  • If you don’t feel confident in the company, don’t buy

Famous Investor #3: Bill Gross

Bill Gross runs one of the largest bond funds in the world (PIMCO Total Return Fund) and is the Co-Chief Investing Officer. He is an expert in portfolio management and has been called the “nation’s most prominent bond investor” by the New York Times.

Some of his investing secrets:

  • Don’t get too wrapped up in diversification
  • Take chances, but only after doing a lot of research
  • Keep at least some cash in your account at all times

Famous Investor #4: Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim owns hundreds of companies around the world and was the richest men in the world from 2010 to 2013. He is a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He always has his eye on the global market, and has been quoted as saying, ““I am convinced that all this poverty in Mexico and in Latin America, like it’s happening in China, is the opportunity to grow. It’s an opportunity for investment.”

Some of his investing secrets:

  • Don’t look at what’s happening now, look at where it’s going
  • Study how a company lives, breathes, and interacts with other companies
  • Look to the future, but anchor your investments in companies with good track records as well

Famous Investor #5: Carl Icahn

One of the world’s most famous investors, Carl Icahn has made a living buying large shares of companies and attempting to earn voting rights in order to increase the value of the company from the inside. He is a private equity investor and has holdings in companies like Time Warner, Yahoo, and Clorox.

Some of his investing secrets:

  • Be tough and don’t let emotions or personal ties cloud your judgement
  • Take advice with a grain of salt and rely mostly on your own research and data
  • Look to assets and potential productivity over earnings