General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> February 7, 2013
North Star Philosophy for Value Investing in Global Equities
William H. Mann III serves as Motley Fool Asset Management, LLC’s Chief Investment Officer and has served as Senior Portfolio Manager for the Independence Fund since June 2009, the Great America Fund since 2010 and the Epic Voyage Fund since 2011. He was a senior investing analyst and newsletter adviser for The Motley Fool, LLC from 2001 to 2008. Before coming to the adviser, Mr. Mann served as Co-Adviser for the Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Hidden Gems Pay Dirt small-cap investment newsletters, and was the Founding Adviser for the Motley Fool Global Gains international-stock newsletter. Mr. Mann became Chief Investment Officer for Motley Fool Asset Management in 2013. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Mann served on the Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting, a special committee empanelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission — the SEC — to examine the financial reporting system and reduce complexity. Mr. Mann’s expertise in the issues of corporate governance led to the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to ask him to testify as an expert witness at a 2001 hearing on the collapse of Enron. Mr. Mann is a sought-after public speaker and has frequently appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, CBS and numerous business radio programs. He was named a 2011 Rising Star in the Mutual Fund Industry by Institutional Investors. Before joining The Motley Fool in 1999, Mr. Mann was a Co-Founder of a specialty international telecommunications carrier focusing on project development in Asia, particularly in China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. Mr. Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in international service from American University and is a graduate from Philips Academy. Profile
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