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Nominate Guru of the Year 2012

December 10, 2012 | About:

As every year, the GuruFocus community is invited to nominate the best investor of 2012. The process of nomination consists of two steps. In the first step, we ask our readers to nominate the candidates. Then we will set up a poll for users to vote for the investment Guru of the Year. It is a completely democratic process in which GuruFocus editors do not have control over the outcome.

Last year, Seth Klarman won the title of Guru of the Year with 38.2% of votes cast. Klarman runs the hedge fund Baupost Group, which has about $29.4 billion in assets under management and has produced an average annual return of 20% since his company’s inception.

This is a break down of last year's voting results:


In the past, GuruFocus users voted Warren Buffett (2005), David Dreman (2006), Ken Heebner (2007), Prem Watsa (2008), Bruce Berkowitz (2009) and David Tepper (2010) to be the Gurus of the Year.

Hedge funds again had a difficult year in 2012, with the average hedge fund returning 1.85% through August, compared to the S&P’s return of 13.8% for the same period. Only 11% of funds are beating the S&P, according to Goldman Sachs.

To nominate the Guru you think navigated the uncertainty of 2012 best, enter his name in the comments section below. Votes will then be cast and we will reveal the results soon!

Rating: 3.4/5 (9 votes)


Tonyg34 - 3 years ago
I can't imagine giving it to anyone else than Bruce Berkowitz

plus side of 30% return this year by having the guts to hold after getting slaughtered last year. That's what it takes to be a long term value investing guru
Wamoore84 - 3 years ago
Sapporosteve premium member - 3 years ago
Berkowitz by a mile..
Jean-Francois Nobert
Jean-Francois Nobert premium member - 3 years ago
Prem Watsa

Jogens - 3 years ago
Berkowitz!! Another year going perfectly "against the crowd", another year going perfectly right.
Jaumepared - 3 years ago
Tom Russo. Understood exceptional performance. Low turnover and solid alpha.

Nobody is better and his style allows to put large sums of money to work.

Boring can be unbelievably rewarding.
Blue Cove Partners
Blue Cove Partners - 3 years ago
Agree with Jaumepared. Tom Russo has generated low risk, low turnover steady return for many years. I think Tweedy Brown is also in this camp. Its annual letters going back to 1993 are highly recommended for fellow gurufocusians.
Donale - 3 years ago
This time im going with the crowd: Berkowitz
Wizhi - 3 years ago
Prem Watsa
Yoramhtm premium member - 3 years ago
David Tepper-Just look at "The Score Board Of Gurus" screen. The facts talk for themselves

Mohmand - 3 years ago
Yep, i'm part of the band wagon, Berkowitz...now if were considering private deals Leucadia!

Ramands123 - 3 years ago

Mohnish Pabrai. He got double the upside of Bruce Berkowitz type investments (BAC/C/GS) without going through downside part of it. Bruce Berkowitz would be my second pick.
Superguru - 3 years ago
I vote for Gurufocus. Their Buffet-Munger newsletter is doing quite well.

My second vote would be Mohnish Pabrai.
Nicolas73 premium member - 3 years ago
My favorite for this year is Donald Yacktman. Give a look at his 10 year track record (and to its variance)
Cubsfan premium member - 3 years ago
Lots of great investors this year, but I go with Bruce Berkowitz.

Gotta admire his conviction in the face of tremendous controversy.
TelloBCP - 3 years ago
I have to go with Bruce Berkowitz too. Most of my portfolio is cloned to his and I have made great ROI so far. Bruce is one of the most smart investors in the world! Hats off to him!
Alfonsod - 3 years ago
Berkowitz, Of course.
Wsjalerts13 - 3 years ago
I was looking at Seth Klarman's profile/performance page and it shows from 1992 - 2001

10-Year Cumulative 234.2 (12.8%/year)

whereas S&P 237.6 (12.9%/year)

Based on the above numbers he did not beat the S&P, is that right ?

Has gurufocus listed his performance from 2001 to 2012 ?

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