Wallace R. Weitz

WALLACE R. WEITZ is the President of Wallace R. Weitz & Company,
an investment firm located in Omaha, Nebraska, that manages five
public mutual funds and three private investment partnerships.
Mr. Weitz’s investment career began in 1961, at age 12, as he
invested the profits from various entrepreneurial ventures.
After going through a charting phase in high school, he
discovered Ben Graham’s Security Analysis and was converted to a
value strategy. After earning a BA degree in Economics at
Carleton College in 1970, Mr. Weitz spent three years in New York
doing security analysis, primarily on the small companies in
which G.A. Saxton made over-the-counter markets. In 1973, he
joined Chiles, Heider & Co., a small, regional brokerage firm in
Omaha, and spent 10 years as an analyst and portfolio manager. In
1983, Mr. Weitz started Wallace R. Weitz & Company and now heads
a group of eight investment professionals that manages over $6
billion. His approach to value investing has evolved over the
years. It combines Graham’s price sensitivity and insistence on a
‘margin of safety’ with a conviction that qualitative factors
that allow a company to have some control over its destiny can be
more important than statistical measurements, such as historical
book value or reported earnings. Mr. Weitz and his wife live in
Omaha and have three children and one grandchild. He has the good
fortune to be paid for pursuing his favorite hobby, investing,
but he also enjoys golf, skiing, tennis, reading and working with
charitable and educational foundations.

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Wallace Weitz - Wallace R. Weitz & Co
December 02, 2002