Charles Brandes

About Charles Brandes

Who is it?: Founder & Chairman, Brandes Investment Partners, L.P.
Birth Year: 1942
Birth Place: San Diego, California, United States
Residence: San Diego, California
Citizenship: United States
Education: Bucknell University San Diego State University
Occupation: Businessman, investor, philanthropist
Employer: Brandes Investment Partners
Known for: Manager of Brandes Investment Partners
Spouse(s): Linda King Formo (1986-2004) Tanya (2006-present)
Children: two

Charles Brandes

Charles Brandes was born on 1942 in San Diego, California, United States, is Founder & Chairman, Brandes Investment Partners, L.P.. A Wall Street veteran since 1968, Charles Brandes was drawn to value investing - the search for out of favor companies with the long term fundamentals to recover with a turn in the economy - after meeting Benjamin Graham, the value guru who penned The Intelligent Investor and other books. He founded Brandes Investment Partners in 1974, eventually managing over $100 billion in assets at the firm's 2007 peak. The firm's asset base has shrunk considerably since the financial crisis rocked global equities - as of Dec 2016, Brandes Investment Partners managed $28 billion. Brandes resides in San Diego, California, where his foundation supports the local symphony.
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Brandes grew up in Pittsburgh. In 1965, he graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He did graduate studies at San Diego State University.


As of 2007, Brandes' U.S. Value Equity fund has beaten the S&P 500 index for the past 5, 10 and 15 years. According to the book Investment Leadership, Brandes' Global equity fund had an average return of 19.21% over the prior 20 years. Brandes Investments strictly follows Graham and Dodd principles as outlined in the books Security Analysis and The Intelligent Investor. Also recently, the firm made Investments in the troubled mortgage and financial sectors, paying bargain prices for Investments in Countrywide Financial, Washington Mutual, Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America. Brandes is among the largest institutional shareholder of Royal Bank of Scotland and General Motors. Thomson Financial's well-regarded Nelson's World's Best Money Managers rankings consistently lists Brandes Investment Partners among the Top 10 International Equity Fund Managers in the world.


Brandes' adherence to Graham and Dodd principles has extended to investment research. He commissioned a study to investigate the "Falling Knives" strategy, the investment axiom that catching falling knives (a stock whose price has been dropping precipetously) is like catching falling money (likely to lead to losses). Researching 1,000 companies between 1986 and 2002 whose price had fallen 60% over a twelve-month period, the study found that within three years of the decline 13% of the companies went bankrupt, but despite this that the portfolio as a whole gained in value by 18% over three years. Announced departure from the firm effect February 26, 2018. Brandes published a well received book on his investment strategies in 2003 titled Value Investing Today (McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-141738-9).

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