Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Last Update: 2014-08-13

Number of Stocks: 112
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $10,823 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 0%

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Tom Russo' s Profile & Performance


Mr. Russo oversees $3 billion as general partner of the Semper Vic Partners and Semper Vic Partners (Q.P.) limited partnerships along with overseeing funds in discretionary, individually managed accounts for individuals, trusts and endowments. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, 1977) and Stanford Business and Law Schools (MBA/JD, 1984).

According to Mr. Russo himself, his fund is relatively concentrated. Therefore, the large positions we reported here are his. Others may be from his partners.

Investing Philosophy

Thomas A. Russo joined Gardner Russo & Gardner as a partner in 1989. His investment philosophy emphasizes return on invested capital, principally through equity investments. His approach to stock selection stresses two main points: value and price. He looks for companies with strong cash-flow characteristics, where large amounts of "free" cash flow are generated. Portfolio companies tend to have strong balance sheets and a history of producing high rates of return on their assets.

Total Holding History

Performance of Semper Vic Partners

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
3-Year Cumulative61.3 (17.3%/year)35.5 (10.7%/year)25.8 (6.6%/year)
5-Year Cumulative39 (6.8%/year)8 (1.5%/year)31 (5.3%/year)
10-Year Cumulative179.1 (10.8%/year)99.7 (7.2%/year)79.4 (3.6%/year)
15-Year Cumulative287.5 (9.4%/year)93.8 (4.5%/year)193.7 (4.9%/year)
20-Year Cumulative875.3 (12.1%/year)388.1 (8.2%/year)487.2 (3.9%/year)
25-Year Cumulative2114.7 (13.2%/year)919.9 (9.7%/year)1194.8 (3.5%/year)

Top Ranked Articles

Transcript of Tom Russo’s Talk at Value Investor Conference
This is Tom Russo’s talk from 8th Annual Value Investor Conference in May 2011, Omaha, right before the annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway. The upcoming 9th Annual Value Investor Conference will be held May 3 – 4, 2012, again in Omaha. The conference is organized by Bob Miles, author of several books including "The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets of the Berkshire Hathaway Managers". Read more...
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Tom Russo: A LONG-Term Value Investor
Tom Russo is one of the most interesting value investors I have ever encountered. His style is very different than anyone else. It can be most compared to Warren Buffett, except he differs from Buffett in several ways. Tom Russo is (and has not been) bullish on Kraft (KFT), which is a top holding of Buffett. Russo also invests a lot internationally, especially in Western Europe. Read more...
Tom Russo on the Capacity to Suffer
Tom Russo oversees over $4 billion as general partner of the Semper Vic Partners and Semper Vic Partners (Q.P.) limited partnerships along with overseeing funds in discretionary, individually managed accounts for individuals, trusts and endowments. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1977) and Stanford Business and Law Schools (MBA/JD, 1984). Read more...
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Tom Russo - Investors Should Not China Cleanse Their Portfolios
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'Extreme Patience' One Month at a Time Tom Russo - 'Extreme Patience' One Month At A Time
After a period of steadily rising markets, we’ve reached a bit of a standstill (or at least what can be described as a standstill by comparison to the market's strong results in 2013). Presently, there doesn’t seem to be much to do for the investor: With limited new investments to be found (or in my experience, at least compared to the relative ease in 2011), patience is the order of the day. More...


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The True Value of Macro Forecasting for Value Investors Warren Buffett,Tom Russo - The True Value Of Macro Forecasting For Value Investors
While in Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting a couple of weeks ago, I participated in an investment panel hosted by a local chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. I had the privilege of sharing the stage with such industry giants as Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio), a partner of Gardner Russo & Gardner (famous for knowing more about consumer stocks than the management that runs them), and Tom Gayner (Trades, Portfolio), president and CIO of Markel Corp. (MKL), a specialty insurance company that on many levels resembles the Berkshire of 30 years ago. More...

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Break Up Berkshire Hathaway? Tom Russo Doesn't Think So
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Most-Owned International Stocks of Investment Gurus Tom Russo,Sarah Ketterer - Most-Owned International Stocks Of Investment Gurus
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Gurus Lite on Nissan, Heineken and Syngenta at a 52-Week Low
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Morgan Stanley Global Franchise Fund's Top Five Tom Russo - Morgan Stanley Global Franchise Fund's Top Five
Late last week the MS Global Franchise Fund released their third quarter portfolio. Their most recent portfolio update highlighted 29 stocks, with three of them being new buys occurring in the third quarter. The fund’s third quarter portfolio is valued at $592 million and displays a Q/Q turnover of 9%. More...

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The Real Definition of Intrinsic Value Tom Russo - The Real Definition Of Intrinsic Value
I may be naïve in saying this, but the world of investing baffles me; actually, let me rephrase that – the way that the vast majority of people approach the world of investing baffles me. More...


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Thomas Russo - In Investing, "Then What?" Is a Very Good Question
Business Outlook India interviews successful value investor Thomas Russo: More...

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Tom Russo Interview with GuruFocus at the 10th Annual Value Investor Conference
This interview took place on May 2, before Tom Russo gave his presentation to the 10th Annual Value Investor Conference in Omaha. Russo is a partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner, a firm with over $5 billion under management. He was previously at the Sequoia Fund, and has degrees from Dartmouth and Stanford. Last year, his partnership returned 22%. More...

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Tom Russo On Attending Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Meeting
Tom Russo is a partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner and has managed to beat the S&P 500 index by 4.7 percentage points annually between 1984 and 2011. More...


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Ask a Guru: Tom Russo, Tom Gayner and David Rolfe
GuruFocus will be attending the 10th Annual Value Investor Conference in Omaha on Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, and talking to some of your favorite investors – Tom Russo, Tom Gayner and David Rolfe. We will also ask them some reader questions. If you have anything about investing you would like to ask them, submit them in the comments section below. We’ll pose the questions at the conference and post the answers on the site. More...

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Tom Russo's Presentation - 2013 Ben Graham Value Investing Conference
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Global Investor Tom Russo’s Top Six Holdings
As a world traveler that brings a global perspective and the old-fashioned value of suffering market patience to his investing strategy, Tom Russo of Gardner Russo & Gardner is long on European companies, new markets and multi-nationals. Russo’s updated portfolio lists 255 stocks (34 of them new), a total value of $8.5 billion and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 6%. More...


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Value Investor Tom Russo Buys More Philip Morris International, Nestle, Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway
Renowned value investor Tom Russo made most of his money by investing in companies that produce food, drinks, cigarettes, as well as Berkshire Hathaway. He loves high-quality companies with family-oriented management. Over the past five years, his fund Semper Vic Partners averaged 6.8% a year, while the S&P500 gained just 1.5% a year. More...

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75-Minute Interview with Value Investor Tom Russo
Thomas A. Russo has been a partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner since 1989. The firm has over $5 billion under management, and he oversees $4 billion as general partner of Semper Vic Partners limited partnerships, as well as in individually managed accounts. Prior to joining Gardner Russo & Gardner, Russo was at the Sequoia Fund. Russo is a graduate of Dartmouth and has an MBA and JD from Stanford. More...

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Value Investor Tom Russo Sees Opportunity in Tobacco
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Tom Russo Buys More Berkshire, Wells Fargo, Nestle and MasterCard
Tom Russo, a partner at Gardner Russo & Gardner, made additions to several of his positions in the third quarter. The investor has said previously that he buys only the largest holdings in the company’s $6.2 billion equity portfolio. Therefore, he increased the size of his positions: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), Nestle SA (NSRGY) and MasterCard Inc. (MA). More...

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