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Top Fund Manager - Sir John Templeton

Born in the United States, Sir John Templeton was a British stock investor, a philanthropist, and a businessman. He is considered to be a mutual fund pioneer and earned billions of dollars by revolutionizing how globally diversified mutual funds were used.


In 1954, Sir John Templeton established Templeton Growth Ltd. His company was amongst the first to invest in the Japanese economy in the 1960s, which was his second most strategic investment move. His first came when he bought 100 shares of every European country that was trading for less than $1 per share at the beginning of World War II. As a result, he made back many times his money in as little as a four year period. Perhaps this is why in 1999, Sir John Templeton was named the greatest global stock picker of the 20th Century by Money magazine.


The Sunday Times Rich List also had Templeton in a 7-way tie for 129th place in 2006. Perhaps this had much to do with his preference for fundamental analysis for stock trading. Fundamental analysis involves the act of evaluating a company's financial statements, its competitive advantages, management, markets, competitors, and its overall health. The success brought on by his methodical use of fundamental analysis landed Sir John Templeton on the list of Time magazine's "Time 100." He was listed as a "power giver."


Renouncing U.S. Citizenship in 1968, Sir John Templeton became a naturalized citizen of Britain and of the Bahamas. However, this did not prevent him from establishing the Templeton Library in Sewanee, Tennessee. He also established the John Templeton Foundation and the Templeton College of the University of Oxford. The focus of Templeton College is that of management and business studies. Sir John Templeton passed away at the age of 95 on July 8, 2008 in the Bahamas.


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