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Tiger Cubs Added into List of Gurus: John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital, Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital and Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global

April 23, 2009

As we are expanding our coverage into the hedge fund world, GuruFocus is glad to announce that three Tiger Cubs have been added into our List of Gurus.

Tiger Cubs worked and learned from legendary investor Julian Robertson at Tiger Management. After the unwinding of Tiger Funds in 1998, Tiger Cubs achieved extraordinary results at their own shops. We have already covered Steve Mandel of Lone Pine Capital. With the three new Tiger Cubs, we are tracking four of them.

John Griffin, Blue Ridge Capital

John Griffin is the president of Blue Ridge Capital, an investment partnership that he founded in 1996. Mr. Griffin was known as legendary investor Julian Robertson's right hand man. He and a few others are named as Tiger Cubs as they worked with Julian Robertson at Tiger Funds. Mr. Griffin is adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School and a visiting professor at the University of Virginia. He began his career as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley Merchant Banking Group before moving on to Tiger Management, where he became president in 1993.

Blue Ridge seeks absolute returns by investing in companies who dominate their industries and shorting the companies who have fundamental problems. The firm employs fundamental analysis to make its investments.

Lee Ainslie, Maverick Capital

Founder and CEO of Dallas based Maverick Capital. Lee Ainslie started Maverick Capital back in 1993 with $38 million. Nowadays, the fund is worth $10 billion. Also learned from legendary great Julian Robertson at Tiger Management, Ainslie has averaged more than 13% a year since from 1995 to 2009. In the market crash of 2008, his fund lost about 30%.

Maverick has six industry sector heads, most of whom are more or less the same age as Mr. Ainslie. They are the experts in their respective industries: consumer, health care, cyclical, retail, financial, and telecommunications, media, and technology. Mr. Ainslie talks to them throughout the day about new and current stocks in the portfolio. With that input, [he] ultimately makes the final decision.

Andreas Halvorsen, Viking Global

Andreas Halvorsen is a founding partner of Viking Global Investors LP and currently serves as its CIO. Viking was formed in 1999 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Viking manages two hedge funds invested in equities worldwide.

Prior to founding Viking, Mr. Halvorsen was a senior managing director and the director of equities at Tiger Management LLC. He also worked as an investment banker in the corporate finance and merger departments of Morgan Stanley. Prior to moving to the United States, Mr. Halvorsen graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy and served as a platoon commander on the Norwegian SEAL Team.

Mr. Halvorsen received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990 and graduated from Williams College in 1986.

Since starting his firm Viking Global in 1999, his Viking Global Equities III fund has gained 22% on average per year until March 2009. His largest down period was from Sept. 2001 to March of 2002, when his portfolio was down about 12%.

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There are a few younger Tiger Cubs such as Chris Shumway and Chase Coleman who did well in the past several years. We will wait until they achieve longer track record to add them in.

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