The Score Board of Gurus

These are the performance numbers for the stocks Gurus bought and the 5-year and 10-year performance numbers of their flagship funds. To be more objective, we also display the annualized performance numbers over complete market cycles and the return of rolling 5-year periods. Warren Buffett uses the annual returns of rolling 5-year periods to measure his own performance. Click here.

ScoreboardTop 10 Guru Holdings Performances *Fund PerformancesTurnover (%)
NameType Since Latest 13F-Filing (%) Since 6m before Latest 13F-Filing (%) Since 12m before Latest 13F-Filing (%) 1-year (%) 5-year (%) 10-year (%) Since Inception (%) Period Tracked Fund tracked (Q/Q)
Vanguard Health Care Fund Mutual Fund-4.41-1.76-3.47021.612.417.41985 - 2015Vanguard Healthcare Fund2
Mason Hawkins Mutual Fund7.0916.4342.3053.310.91988 - 2015Longleaf Partners Fund9
Bill Nygren Mutual Fund19.2510.1715.53012.68.511.51992 - 2015Oakmark Fund2
Mario Gabelli Mutual Fund7.3113.563.8108.67.611.61987 - 2015Asset Fund Class AAA3
Ken Fisher Mutual Fund-2.090.261.0605.146.81997 - 2015Purisima Total Return (PURIX)4
FPA Capital Fund Mutual Fund9.6736.825.1302.13.812.91984 - 2015FPA Capital Fund3
Warren Buffett Investment Company2.863.757.32011.610.1191980 - 2015Berkshire Hathaway Book Value1
David Dreman Mutual Fund9.4514.7412.86011.244.82004 - 2014Large Cap Value Composite4
Wallace Weitz Mutual Fund0.49-2.32-5.9209.1611.91984 - 2015Weitz Partners Fund6
Ronald Muhlenkamp Mutual Fund1.24-1.04-1.2206.30.69.21989 - 2015Muhlenkamp  Fund5
Arnold Van Den Berg Mutual Fund12.2817.0619.7806.73.1111980 - 2014CM Value I Composite2
Martin Whitman Mutual Fund00002.92.35.41991 - 2015Third Avenue Value Fund6
Mariko Gordon 6.9715.0723.24015.110.1131995 - 2014Small-Cap Composite - Daruma7
Ruane Cunniff Mutual Fund3.042.29-29.93017.89.214.31980 - 2014Sequoia Fund4
Edward Lampert Hedge Fund4-12.33-32.100
George Soros Hedge Fund-2.4328.8736.49030
Meridian Funds Mutual Fund00009.67.113.31995 - 2015Meridian Value Fund13
Julian Robertson Hedge Fund1.780.424.22015
Robert Olstein Mutual Fund12.3112.7211.9409.44.5101996 - 2015Olstein All Cap Value Fund8
Keeley Asset Management Corp Mutual Fund11.3556.2267.4906.54.971994 - 2015Small Cap Value Fund6
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund Mutual Fund6.7912.316.6608.75.710.31986 - 2015T. Rowe Price Equity Income Fu4
Tweedy Browne Mutual Fund4.9712.9217.5306.55.14.81994 - 2015Tweedy Browne Value Fund0
Bruce Berkowitz Mutual Fund8.87-0.12-13.3601.45.610.12000 - 2015Fairholme Fund0
Glenn Greenberg Hedge Fund2.6211.91-16.76016
Ron Baron Mutual Fund-1.319.4813.57011.77.812.41992 - 2015Baron Partners Fund2
Leucadia National Investment Company-5.825.1524.8709.310.317.21980 - 2014Leucadia Corp. Book Value29
Private Capital Hedge Fund9.077.27-13.38014.25.515.31987 - 2014PCM Value Fund1
Seth Klarman Hedge Fund-1.371.9418.89013.112.81992 - 2001Baupost Fund21
First Eagle Investment Mutual Fund2.275.6715.7805.77.813.21980 - 2015First Eagle Global Fund6
Dodge & Cox Mutual Fund12.3421.6525.06011.75.712.91980 - 2015Dodge & Cox Stock FUND5
Joel Greenblatt Hedge Fund1.468.2714.0808.42012 - 2015Gotham Absolute Return Fund29
Michael Price Hedge Fund-3.863.1911.2303
Ken Heebner Mutual Fund17.329.836.4902.44.5121998 - 2015CGM Focus Fund40
David Einhorn Hedge Fund11.7317.7324.8102.66.16.72004 - 2015Greenlight Re6
Charles Brandes Mutual Fund2.576.267.45011.92.77.31993 - 2015U. S. Value Equity3
John Rogers Mutual Fund6.019.675.86010.46.611.21987 - 2015Ariel Fund4
Bill Ackman Hedge Fund-3.694.74-18.03016.918.820.82008 - 2014Pershing Square, L.P.4
Kahn Brothers Hedge Fund5.3410.613.0903
Chris Davis Mutual Fund8.8916.9114.59010.24.9111992 - 2015Davis Financial Fund5
Mohnish Pabrai Hedge Fund9.66.45-24.806
Robert Bruce Mutual Fund-0.7-0.372.470107.912.21984 - 2015Bruce Fund0
Richard Pzena Hedge Fund12.924.1134.4704
Arnold Schneider Mutual Fund20.4655.9652.940-1.50.210.11999 - 2015Schneider Small Cap Value Fund31
Whitney Tilson Hedge Fund-8.82-37.82-57.0102010 - 2011T2 Hedge Fund21
David Winters Mutual Fund6.499.0419.7502.95.12006 - 2015Wintergreen Fund0
NWQ Managers Mutual Fund7.4114.5420.9609.66.16.91997 - 2015Nuveen Multi-Manager Large-Cap20
HOTCHKIS & WILEY Mutual Fund13.6621.2529.73010.73.89.61988 - 2015Large Cap Value Fund7
David Swensen Investment Company-6.661.3218.98074
Chuck Akre Mutual Fund-2.14-3.452.910211.212.71989 - 2011Akre Capital Private Asset Man0
David Tepper Hedge Fund-5.142.069.11017.220.126.71993 - 2014Appaloosa Investment LP I18
Tom Gayner Investment Company5.96.528.3900.769.81996 - 2011Markel Corp. Equity Portfolio3
Carl Icahn Hedge Fund6.04-5.75-11.59026.616.12
T Boone Pickens Hedge Fund1.8137.2539.44017
Third Avenue Management Mutual Fund0.088.2212.202.92.35.31991 - 2015Third Avenue Value Fund1
Steve Mandel Hedge Fund-3.974.598.05028
Prem Watsa Investment Company-3.39-3.6-1.6706.8822.41986 - 2014Fairfax Per Share Book Value0
John Paulson Hedge Fund-13.23-15.98-27.5404.17.911.71994 - 2011Advantage Fund5
Bill Gates Investment Company7.4510.7421.2308
Wilbur Ross Hedge Fund15.58-20.82-7.1700
Robert Karr Hedge Fund-10.2223.3749.38022.1910
Donald Yacktman Mutual Fund-01.6214.1609.99.810.11993 - 2015The Yacktman Fund2
Charlie Munger 27.0320.1815.8200
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Mutual Fund4.886.7114.080116.76.51997 - 2015Vanguard Selected Value Fund6
Donald Smith Mutual Fund2.217.1616.704
Leon Cooperman Hedge Fund2.326.947.6010
Lou Simpson Hedge Fund5.456.26-5.75013
Yacktman Focused Fund Mutual Fund0.81.8614.1609.610.291997 - 2015Yacktman Focused Fund1
Yacktman Fund Mutual Fund-0.361.6514.4709.99.89.91992 - 2015Yacktman Fund1

Click Here to Check the Top 10 Holdings of Gurus

*Top 10 Guru Holdings Performances is the value weighted average return for each guru. For example, today is 2015-12-07, then the latest 13F filing date is 2015-09-30. GuruFocus first selects the top 10 holdings (exclude warrants, options, funds) of each guru 2015-09-30 portfolio. Then calculates the return since 2015-09-30 till today for each holdings. Last, gets the value weighted return for the top 10 holdings.
**Under "Since Latest 13F-Filing" column, GuruFocus calculates the value weighted average return since 2015-09-30. Under "Since 6m before Latest 13F-Filing" column, GuruFocus calculates the value weighted average return since 2015-03-31. Under "Since 12m before Latest 13F-Filing" column, GuruFocus calculates the value weighted average return since 2014-09-30.
***The Top 10 holdings is rebalanced quarterly.
****The return data for Top 10 Guru Holdings Performances is not annualized.
*****The Top 10 Guru Holdings Performances data is updated in daily basis.
******The data are different from the performances of their complete portfolios.
*******Fund Performances data is for its own flagship fund. It is average annual return. Yearly annual performance data is collected from fund website.
********Turnover is defined as the impact to portfolio caused by all the purchases. This is a Quarter-to-Quarter number.
*********Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A Better Way to Measure Performances

We believe that the performance over fixed time periods, like the latest 3-year, 5-year and 10-year, might be misleading since a single bad year performance would ruin all. Therefore, we believe the best way to measure funds’ performance is to check the performance number over complete market cycles.

According to the annual returns of S&P 500 from 1999 to 2012, we think market peaks appeared at 1999, 2007 and 2012, while market troughs appear at 2002 and 2008. Based on this, we research all the funds’ performance from peak to peak (1999 to 2007, 2007 to 2012, and 1999 to 2012) years and trough to trough years (2002 to 2008).

The results are as follows (we ignore the funds which lack at least two years of data in a complete economic cycle). Please note that i=Investment company; m=Mutual Fund company; h=Hedge Fund company; F=Mutual Fund.

Table 1: Peak to Peak_1999-2007 Annual Return
Guru Name Return Fund Type
David Tepper 30.66% h
Ken Heebner 28.90% m
Daniel Loeb 21.30% h
Arnold Schneider 19.78% m
Mawer New Canada Fund 19.25% f
Robert Bruce 18.74% m
John Buckingham 17.68% m
John Paulson 17.31% h
Bruce Berkowitz 17.11% m
Fairholme Fund 17.11% f
Jean-Marie Eveillard 16.49% m
Meridian Funds 15.80% m
Signature Select Canadian Fund 15.59% f
Murray Stahl 15.29% m
Arnold Van Den Berg 14.54% f
Mark Hillman 14.43% m
Chuck Royce 13.92% m
Chuck Akre 13.28% m
John Keeley 13.22% m
Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity 13.03% f
Westport Asset Management 12.91% m
CI Can-Am Small Cap Fund 12.62% f
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund 12.51% f
Richard Snow 12.50% m
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 12.39% h
Robert Rodriguez 12.15% f
Dodge & Cox 12.12% m
Edward Owens 11.33% f
Martin Whitman 11.23% f
Third Avenue Management 11.23% m
Ron Baron 10.96% m
Steven Romick 10.90% f
Ian Cumming 10.77% i
Robert Olstein 10.60% m
Chou RRSP Fund 10.43% f
John Hussman 10.41% m
Bill Frels 10.14% m
Mario Gabelli 9.86% m
Ronald Muhlenkamp 9.62% m
Tom Gayner 9.59% i
Mason Hawkins 9.47% m
Tom Russo 9.44% h
John Rogers 9.41% m
Donald Yacktman 9.00% m
PRIMECAP Management 8.80% m
Francis Chou 8.69% m
Warren Buffett 8.39% i
Jeff Auxier 8.32% m
Prem Watsa 8.09% i
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 8.05% m
Brian Rogers 7.56% f
Ken Fisher 7.51% m
Wallace Weitz 7.50% m
David Rolfe 7.45% m
NWQ Managers 6.81% m
Chris Davis 6.73% m
Charles Brandes 6.50% m
Jeremy Grantham 6.29% m
James Barrow 6.05% m
Ruane Cunniff 5.88% m
RS Investment Management 5.65% m
Bill Nygren 5.33% f
Tweedy Browne 4.61% m
S&P 500 3.78%
 
Table 2: Peak to Peak_2007-2012 Annual Return
Guru Name Return Fund Type
Prem Watsa 19.73% i
David Rolfe 9.21% m
Daniel Loeb 8.84% h
Donald Yacktman 8.61% m
Warren Buffett 8.43% i
Frank Sands 8.28% m
Mawer New Canada Fund 7.98% f
Zeke Ashton 7.90% h
Chuck Royce 7.05% m
Ian Cumming 6.99% i
Jean-Marie Eveillard 6.85% m
Westport Asset Management 6.49% m
Ruane Cunniff 6.12% m
Edward Owens 5.80% f
David Einhorn 5.76% h
Steven Romick 5.61% f
Robert Rodriguez 5.43% f
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund 4.81% f
Bill Frels 4.80% m
Robert Bruce 4.58% m
Mario Gabelli 4.51% m
Bill Nygren 4.46% f
PRIMECAP Management 4.40% m
David Winters 4.25% m
CI Can-Am Small Cap Fund 4.23% f
John Paulson 4.11% h
Bruce Berkowitz 3.99% m
Fairholme Fund 3.99% f
Jeff Auxier 3.90% m
Tom Russo 3.77% h
James Barrow 3.33% m
Tweedy Browne 3.33% m
Meridian Funds 3.17% m
RS Investment Management 3.05% m
Diamond Hill Capital 2.91% m
Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity 2.75% f
Wallace Weitz 2.51% m
S&P 500 2.21%
John Keeley 2.03% m
Chuck Akre 2.02% m
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 1.89% h
Brian Rogers 1.87% f
John Rogers 1.86% m
Ron Baron 1.58% m
Jeremy Grantham 1.30% m
NWQ Managers 1.23% m
Signature Select Canadian Fund 1.05% f
John Buckingham 0.84% m
Tom Gayner 0.71% i
Chou RRSP Fund 0.69% f
Francis Chou 0.58% m
Arnold Van Den Berg 0.29% f
Ken Heebner 0.23% m
Mason Hawkins 0.14% m
Dodge & Cox -0.17% m
Ken Fisher -0.31% m
Richard Snow -0.54% m
Mark Hillman -0.72% m
Martin Whitman -0.73% f
Third Avenue Management -0.77% m
Robert Olstein -0.80% m
Arnold Schneider -1.22% m
Murray Stahl -1.45% m
Chris Davis -1.76% m
HOTCHKIS & WILEY -2.29% m
John Hussman -2.64% m
Ronald Muhlenkamp -3.54% m
Charles Brandes -5.92% m
 
Table 3: Peak to Peak_1999-2012 Annual Return
Guru Name Return Fund Type
Daniel Loeb 16.06% h
Mawer New Canada Fund 14.46% f
Robert Bruce 14.27% m
Arnold Schneider 13.22% m
Ken Heebner 13.00% m
Jean-Marie Eveillard 12.73% m
Bruce Berkowitz 11.21% m
John Buckingham 11.11% m
Chuck Royce 11.01% m
Meridian Funds 10.78% m
Fairholme Fund 10.37% f
Robert Rodriguez 10.15% f
Westport Asset Management 10.05% m
Signature Select Canadian Fund 10.02% f
John Paulson 9.85% h
Arnold Van Den Berg 9.69% f
CI Can-Am Small Cap Fund 9.68% f
Prem Watsa 9.46% i
Edward Owens 9.43% f
Chuck Akre 9.32% m
Donald Yacktman 9.24% m
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund 9.21% f
Mark Hillman 8.91% m
Steven Romick 8.89% f
Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity 8.78% f
John Keeley 8.70% m
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 8.38% h
Warren Buffett 8.22% i
Bill Frels 8.20% m
Richard Snow 7.75% m
David Rolfe 7.67% m
Chou RRSP Fund 7.65% f
Dodge & Cox 7.54% m
Ian Cumming 7.41% i
Mario Gabelli 7.40% m
Tom Russo 7.35% h
Murray Stahl 6.95% m
John Rogers 6.92% m
Tom Gayner 6.87% i
Ron Baron 6.81% m
PRIMECAP Management 6.71% m
Robert Olstein 6.59% m
Francis Chou 6.58% m
Wallace Weitz 6.55% m
Jeff Auxier 6.45% m
Martin Whitman 6.32% f
Third Avenue Management 6.30% m
Mason Hawkins 6.09% m
Ruane Cunniff 5.81% m
Bill Nygren 5.62% f
Brian Rogers 5.39% f
James Barrow 5.33% m
RS Investment Management 5.23% m
Ronald Muhlenkamp 5.22% m
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 4.90% m
Jeremy Grantham 4.76% m
John Hussman 4.65% m
NWQ Managers 4.38% m
Tweedy Browne 4.35% m
Chris Davis 3.89% m
Ken Fisher 3.75% m
S&P 500 2.97%
Charles Brandes 2.65% m
 
Table 4: Trough to Trough_2002-2008 Annual Return
Guru Name Return Fund Type
David Tepper 17.16% h
John Paulson 15.90% h
Robert Bruce 14.02% m
Prem Watsa 13.00% i
Jean-Marie Eveillard 11.61% m
Ken Heebner 10.92% m
Mawer New Canada Fund 10.20% f
CI Can-Am Small Cap Fund 10.15% f
Daniel Loeb 9.37% h
Warren Buffett 9.26% i
Chuck Royce 7.12% m
Bruce Berkowitz 6.93% m
Fairholme Fund 6.93% f
Chuck Akre 6.79% m
Ian Cumming 6.51% i
Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity 6.40% f
Diamond Hill Capital 6.29% m
Steven Romick 6.21% f
John Hussman 6.02% m
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund 5.69% f
Signature Select Canadian Fund 5.45% f
John Keeley 5.37% m
Donald Yacktman 5.20% m
Sarah Ketterer 4.98% m
Tom Russo 4.51% h
Edward Owens 4.26% f
Arnold Schneider 4.04% m
Ron Baron 3.81% m
Westport Asset Management 3.34% m
Francis Chou 3.33% m
Jeff Auxier 2.88% m
Murray Stahl 2.69% m
Meridian Funds 2.68% m
Robert Rodriguez 2.60% f
Bill Frels 2.41% m
Mario Gabelli 2.21% m
Martin Whitman 2.04% f
Third Avenue Management 2.04% m
Mark Hillman 1.95% m
Tom Gayner 1.83% i
PRIMECAP Management 1.75% m
Chou RRSP Fund 1.45% f
Ruane Cunniff 1.40% m
John Buckingham 1.30% m
Arnold Van Den Berg 1.12% f
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 0.63% h
Dodge & Cox 0.54% m
Brian Rogers 0.53% f
Tweedy Browne -0.04% m
Richard Snow -0.50% m
NWQ Managers -0.59% m
James Barrow -0.65% m
Jeremy Grantham -0.83% m
HOTCHKIS & WILEY -1.08% m
Ken Fisher -1.28% m
David Rolfe -1.35% m
Bill Nygren -1.37% f
S&P 500 -1.38%
Ronald Muhlenkamp -1.61% m
RS Investment Management -1.92% m
John Rogers -2.48% m
Chris Davis -2.78% m
Mason Hawkins -2.79% m
Wallace Weitz -2.95% m
Robert Olstein -3.50% m
Frank Sands -4.49% m
Charles Brandes -7.56% m

In Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B)’s annual report of 2012, Warren Buffett mentioned this methodology. We first calculate the five-year rolling annualized returns for each fund from their inception date to today, then compare them with five-year rolling annualized returns of the S&P 500, and finally we calculate the percentage of years when each fund outperformed the market. We ignore those funds which had less than eight five-year rolling returns from 1980 or their inception date, whichever comes first, to 2012.

The results are as follows:

Table 5: Percentage of Years When Guru Outperformed the Market (Five-Year Rolling Basis)
Guru Name Percentage Number of Data
Warren Buffett 100.00% 29
Daniel Loeb 100.00% 14
Westport Asset Management 100.00% 11
Diamond Hill Capital 100.00% 8
CI Can-Am Small Cap Fund 100.00% 11
Edward Owens 95.83% 24
Meridian Funds 92.86% 14
David Tepper 92.86% 14
Tom Gayner 91.67% 12
Bruce Berkowitz 88.89% 9
Jeff Auxier 88.89% 9
Fairholme Fund 88.89% 9
Prem Watsa 86.36% 22
Ruane Cunniff 86.21% 29
Chuck Akre 84.21% 19
NWQ Managers 83.33% 12
Tom Russo 83.33% 24
PRIMECAP Management 83.33% 24
Ken Heebner 81.82% 11
Manning & Napier Advisors Inc. 80.00% 10
Signature Select Canadian Fund 80.00% 10
Ian Cumming 78.57% 28
John Paulson 78.57% 14
Robert Rodriguez 76.00% 25
Ken Fisher 75.00% 12
Frank Sands 75.00% 8
David Rolfe 75.00% 16
Mawer New Canada Fund 75.00% 20
Steven Romick 73.33% 15
Mario Gabelli 72.73% 22
Leith Wheeler Canadian Equity 71.43% 14
Ron Baron 70.59% 17
Chuck Royce 70.59% 17
Murray Stahl 69.23% 13
James Barrow 66.67% 12
Jean-Marie Eveillard 65.52% 29
Bill Frels 65.52% 29
Bill Nygren 64.71% 17
Richard Snow 64.71% 17
Chris Davis 64.71% 17
Mawer Canadian Equity Fund 64.71% 17
Tweedy Browne 64.29% 14
Wallace Weitz 64.00% 25
Donald Yacktman 62.50% 16
RS Investment Management 61.54% 13
Brian Rogers 60.87% 23
Ronald Muhlenkamp 60.00% 20
John Keeley 60.00% 15
Arnold Schneider 60.00% 10
Mark Hillman 60.00% 10
Francis Chou 59.09% 22
Dodge & Cox 58.62% 29
Mason Hawkins 57.14% 21
John Hussman 55.56% 9
Robert Olstein 53.85% 13
John Buckingham 50.00% 10
Robert Bruce 48.00% 25
John Rogers 45.45% 22
Martin Whitman 44.44% 18
Third Avenue Management 44.44% 18
Jeremy Grantham 44.44% 9
Arnold Van Den Berg 41.38% 29
Charles Brandes 37.50% 16
Chou RRSP Fund 36.36% 22
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 33.33% 21

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