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Investing Prophet Jeremy Grantham Takes Aim at Climate Change

The veteran money manager will devote $1 billion to helping the world escape catastrophe.
Grantham in his Boston office.

Grantham in his Boston office.

Photographer: Tony Luong for Bloomberg Businessweek
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Terrifying an audience is one of Jeremy Grantham’s specialties. The legendary investor, co-founder of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO), is famous for predicting doom. And he’s famous for being right, with a remarkable record of spotting investment bubbles before they pop, notably the 2000 tech crash and 2008 financial crisis.

These days, the topic of Grantham’s warnings is not financial markets but the environment. At universities and investor conferences, gardening clubs and local environmental groups, he gives a talk titled “Race of Our Lives”—the one between the Earth’s rapidly warming temperature and the human beings coming up with ways to fight and adapt to climate change.