Warren Buffett employs a value investing strategy, in which he seeks out companies that exhibit strong fundamentals.
In his early 20s, he studied at Columbia University under the tutelage of his personal mentor, Benjamin Graham, who is widely known as the father of value investing. Graham argued that every security held an intrinsic value that was independent of its market price. This concept ultimately became the foundational investment philosophy of Buffett's first fund, Buffett Partnership, Ltd., which he launched in 1956 with an initial $105,100 investment.
Over the next 13 years, this fund had more than $105 million in assets. Buffett eventually parlayed this success to create Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company for a multitude of businesses. It's currently worth more than $437.7 billion, where each individual stock share is valued at an astonishingly high $270,000, mainly because Buffett refuses to perform a stock split on his company's ownership shares. As a value investor, Buffett is constantly in search of investment opportunities through which he can exploit price imbalances over an extended time horizon. And as an arbitrageur, Buffett is known to instruct his followers to "be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful."
Much of his success harkens back to Graham's three cardinal rules:
- Invest with a margin of safety
- Profit from volatility
- Know yourself"
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