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#500 Ken Fisher $4.06B

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Overview

Fisher is the founder and chairman of Fisher Investments, a closely held investment adviser that had more than $100 billion of assets under management as of January 2018. The company provides advice to about 45,000 high net worth individuals and more than 175 institutional clients with offices in the U.S., U.K. and Europe.

As of May 21, 2018:
Last change -$14.1M (-0.3%)
YTD change -$297M (-6.8%)
Industry Finance
Biggest asset Fisher Investments
Citizenship United States
Age 67
Wealth Self-made
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Fisher owns all of closely held Fisher Investments, according to the billionaire. It's valued using the average price-to-assets under management multiple of four publicly traded peer companies: IGM Financial, Sprott, Eaton Vance and T. Rowe Price. T. Rowe Price was added as a peer to reduce valuation volatility on March 20, 2018. Fisher Investments advises more than 45,000 high net worth individuals and has more than $100 billion of assets under management as of Jan. 12, 2018, according to its website.

A 25 percent discount has been applied since Feb. 6, 2018, to reflect 'key-man risk', based on discussions with Ezra Zask, a consultant who studies hedge fund valuations. The addition of this discount resulted in a $500 million fall to the net wealth calculation on that date.

The billionaire said he didn't know what his company is worth and that he had no plans to sell it in a phone interview with Bloomberg News on May 18, 2016.

Biography

Birthdate: 11/29/1950
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: 1972, Humboldt State University, Bachelor's Degree

Fisher was born in San Francisco, California in 1950. His father, Philip, wrote one of the first investment books to appear on the New York Times best-seller list, according to his obituary in the paper. From a young age Ken was interested in history and forestry, and enrolled at Humboldt State University to study redwood trees, according to the school. He graduated with a degree in economics in 1972.

Fisher founded Fisher Investments, an investment advising firm, with roughly $250 in 1979, according to Investopedia. He published his first book, "Super Stocks," in 1984. The book popularized the price-to-sales ratio, a common tool for investment analysis.

Fisher Investments advises more than 35,000 individuals and 150 institutions and has more than $71 billion of assets under management as of Sept. 30, 2016, according to its website.

He lives in Woodside, California with his wife.

Milestones
  • 1950 Fisher is born in San Francisco, California.
  • 1958 Published Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.
  • 1972 Graduates from Humboldt State University.
  • 1979 Founds Fisher Investments.
  • 1984 Publishes first book, "Super Stocks."
  • 2007 Publishes book "The Only Three Questions That Count."
  • 2014 Celebrates 30-year anniversary at Forbes.
  • 2016 Steps down as CEO of Fisher Investments.