The legendary billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, lost 12.3% in 2015. That was his worst year since 2008.
Meanwhile, the average hedge fund lost 3%. The average mutual fund lost 2.7%. And stocks broadly finished the year down too (before dividends), for the first time since 2008. Even most of the biggest and best known professional investors had a bad 2015. Still, one of the lesser known, but one of the best in the world, defied the gravity of stocks and posted an 8.3% gain for the year.
It was billionaire Andreas Halvorsen. He runs Viking Global, the ninth largest hedge fund in the world at $31 billion in assets under management.
Halvorsen started his fund in 1999, after training under the legendary billionaire investor Julian Robertson. He’s a former Norwegian Navy Seal and a Stanford MBA.
Halvorsen extracted more than $2.5 billion from the markets in 2015, as a stock investor, in one of the more difficult stock picking environments in a long time. And last year was not an anomaly. Viking has one of the best track records of any hedge fund over the past 16 years. Since inception in 1999, the fund has returned 23% annualized (before fees) vs. a 4% annualized return for the S&P 500.
Halvorsen’s stock picking abilities have produced returns at a factor of 3.5 times better than Buffett’s since he’s been at the helm of Viking. And he’s done it with much smaller drawdowns. In fact, Viking has only had two losing years since 1999. The fund lost 0.9% in 2003 and lost just 0.9% in 2008, a year when almost all stock investors were crushed. Buffett lost 31.5% that year.
The following are Viking’s top positions: Allergan (AGN), Walgreen’s (WBA), Google/Alphabet (GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN) and Broadcom (BRCM).
In addition, in Halvorsen’s most recent investor letter, he said his fund had doubled down (added more) on a very controversial stock in their portfolio. At Billionaire’s Portfolio we curate a portfolio of the best stock picks of the world’s best billionaire investors – our subscribers follow along. To find out what stock Viking Global is adding to after a big decline, subscribe today.
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