Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Noted value investor, Sir John Templeton is dead. Pneumonia struck him down at the ripe age of 95. Sir John is famous for having founded Templeton Growth back in the 1950s and making early bets on the rebound in Japan. Sir John was buying international equities long before Long before Mark Mobius or Jim Rogers trading securities. Sir John was not just about money however. Through his foundation, he gave away $60 million a year for research into religion and science.
For insight into his investment methodology, take a look at Investing the Templeton Way: The Market-Beating Strategies of Value Investing's Legendary Bargain Hunter by Lauren C. Templeton, his niece. It's a remarkable story of the value of thrift, patience, and truly being a contrarian.