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Guy Spier

Guy Selmar Spier
Born (1966-02-04) February 4, 1966
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Residence Zurich, Switzerland
Nationality German, Israeli, South African
Alma mater City of London Freemen's School
Oxford University
Harvard Business School
Occupation Investor, Aquamarine Fund

Guy Spier is a Zurich based investor and author of a book in investing entitled The Education of a Value Investor.[1] He is well known for bidding US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett in June 2007.[2] In 2009, he was featured in "the Checklist Manifesto", by Atul Gawande regarding his use of checklists as part of his investment process.[3]

Spier manages the Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after Warren Buffett's 1950s investment partnerships. He is also an occasional financial commentator in the media.[4]

Philanthropy

Spier serves as the chair and founder of the Weizmann Science and Business Club. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board and also serves on advisory boards of Value Conferences; and of Zurich Minds.
Guy Spier and former President of South Africa, F.W. de Klerk in discussion at the Horasis 2013 Annual Meeting

From 2007 to 2009, Spier served on the Advisory Board of the Dakshana Foundation

In spring 2010, Spier with Peter Hogenkamp and Tim Dührkoop co-founded TEDxZurich.

Farmer Mac, Allied Capital and Eliot Spitzer

In 2003, Spier became the target, along with David Einhorn, Bill Ackman, and Whitney Tilson, of investigations by Eliot Spitzer,[5] then the New York Attorney General, as well as by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding short sales of Farmer Mac, MBIA corp and Allied Capital. The melt down of these companies during the late-2000s financial crisis vindicated[6] their short thesis and was the subject of books by Ackman[7] and Einhorn.[8]

Education and background

Spier was educated at City of London Freemen's School. From 1988 - 1990, Spier worked with David Pitt-Watson at Braxton Associates, which later became Deloitte Consulting. In 1991, He interned at the European Commission in Brussels. He completed his MBA at the Harvard Business School, class of 1993 with Mark Pincus and Chris Hohn. He holds a First Class degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) from Oxford University where he studied at Brasenose College.[9]

Spier is related to the Young Presidents Organization.

In his forthcoming book, "The Education of a Value Investor" Spier claims to have been deeply influenced by psychologist Diana Wais

References

  1. ^ Spier, Guy. The Education of a Value Investor. Palgrave MacMillan.  
  2. ^ "Buffett Charity Auction Winners Gain More Than Just Steak Lunch". Bloomberg. June 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Book Review: 'The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right". 
  4. ^ "Guy Spier says no reason to be scared of US financials". Washington Post. October 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Hedge Fund Witch Hunt: Eliot Spitzer's latest investigation is pursuing the wrong guys.". Slate Magazine. Feb 13, 2003. 
  6. ^ "MBIA falls 13% after Moody's cuts rating Two-notch downgrade was more than some expected; Ambac cut to Aa". MarketWatch. June 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ Christine Richard. Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street's Bluff. 
  8. ^ Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long, Short Story, David Einhorn: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470073942.html
  9. ^ Catherine Mayer (September 11, 2008). "David Cameron: UK's Next Leader?". Time Magazine. 
  10. ^ "Descendents of Wolf Speyer Spier, Merzhausen". 

External links

  • Article by Guy Spier, "My $650,000 lunch with Warren Buffett"
  • The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
  • A Checklist for Investors by Jason Zweig
  • Guy Spier on Bloomberg: Steve Jobs one of the Greats of American Business
  • Bloomberg News: Guy Spier says no reason to be scared of US financials
  • Forbes: Show some love for Fiat - the stock could double
  • Guy Spier Bio
  • Interview with the BBC World Service about the Buffett Lunch
  • On CNBC: Hypocrisy on Libor is Massive
  • Warren Buffett: Philosopher of Practical Capitalism
  • The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformational Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Happiness

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