- This article concerns the PIMCO bond manager; for the business-startup manager, see Bill Gross (entrepreneur). For the Roman Catholic Archbishop, see William Hickley Gross.
|Born||William Hunt Gross
April 13, 1944
|Alma mater||Duke University|
|Known for||Co-founder of PIMCO|
|Net worth||$2.2 billion (2011)|
William Hunt "Bill" Gross (born April 13, 1944) is an American financial manager and author. He co-founded Pacific Investment Management (PIMCO). Gross also runs PIMCO's $270.0 billion Total Return Fund (PTTRX).
Early life and career 
Gross was born in Middletown, Ohio, the son of Shirley (Tait), a homemaker, and Sewell Mark Gross, a sales executive for AK Steel Holding. Part of his family is originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He was raised a Presbyterian. He moved with his parents to San Francisco in 1954. Gross graduated from Duke University in 1966 as an Angier B. Duke Scholar, and with a degree in psychology. At Duke, he joined Phi Kappa Psi. He then served in the Navy and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1971. Gross briefly played blackjack professionally in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has said that he applies many of his gambling methods for spreading risk and calculating odds to his investment decisions. He is also a CFA Charterholder, earning his credentials while working as an investment analyst for Pacific Mutual Life between 1971 and 1976.
Gross manages one of the world's largest mutual funds, focusing mostly on bonds. Called "the nation's most prominent bond investor" by the New York Times, he co-founded Pacific Investment Management (PIMCO) and currently manages PIMCO's Total Return fund (the world's largest bond fund) and several smaller ones.
In the 1990s he authored two popular-market books on investing, Bill Gross on Investing and Everything You've Heard About Investing is Wrong. In September 2008, by holding large positions in agency backed mortgage bonds of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Gross's funds netted U.S. $1.7 billion after the Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for which he had lobbied.
Personal life 
Gross is married to Sue J. Gross. They have one child together and Bill has two children from a previous marriage.
Gross is also a prominent stamp collector. As of November 2005, he became the third person (after Robert Zoellner in the 1990s and Benjamin K Miller pre-1925) to form a complete collection of 19th century United States postage stamps. In October 2005, he purchased at auction for $2.97 million a unique plate block of the famous 1918 24-cent U.S. airmail stamps known as the "Inverted Jenny," featuring an engraving of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane printed upside-down. He then traded the Inverted Jenny Plateblock to Donald Sundman, President of Mystic Stamp Company, a stamp dealer, for a 1-cent 1868 "Z Grill" depicting Benjamin Franklin, thus completing Gross's 19th century collection.
In 2006, Gross donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières the $9.1mm  that he earned from the auction at Shreves Philatelic Galleries of his British philatelic collections. Over the years, Gross has become the largest donor in history to Doctors Without Borders at approximately $25mm. His Scandinavian and Finnish collections were sold by Spink auction house in May 2008 to make a donation to Jeffrey Sachs Millennium Villages Project at Columbia University. Gross and his wife also donated $20mm to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian for women's health and $10mm to the University of California, Irvine for stem cell research.
- Bill Gross (1997). Everything You've Heard About Investing Is Wrong!. Crown Business. ISBN 0-8129-2839-3.
- Bill Gross (1998). Bill Gross on Investing. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-28325-8.
- Forbes http://www.forbes.com/profile/bill-gross/
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- "Miss Roberts Becomes Bride". New York Times. 1968-12-22. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Brewster, Deborah (2008-09-12). "Man in the News: Bill Gross". Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Gross, William H. (1998). Bill Gross on Investing. John Wiley and Sons. p. 79. ISBN 0-471-28325-8.
- Grand Catalogue of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity - Twelfth Edition, p. 132: Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 1985.
- Danny Hakim. "A Quarter of Gains, But Doubt Persists," New York Times. 07/08/2001.
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- Quinn, James (11 September 2008). "Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Rescue Nets $1.7bn for Bill Gross". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Bill Gross - Forbes Forbes.com. Retrieved April 2011.
- "The Billionaire Stamp Collector," Wall Street Journal. 05/25/2007.
- The “Holy Grail” of Stamp Collections
- Neil Irwin. "Lessons Learned, Investor Builds Portfolio of Stamps," Washington Post. 05/27/2006.
- Results of the auction, William H. Gross Collection auction official website ; retrieved 7 August 2009.
- Main items described in Julia Lee, "Scandinavia gems to be sold for charity", Stamp Magazine, 74-6, June 2008, page 8 and in "Bill Gross Collection of Classic Scandinavian in charity auction", Gibbons Stamp Monthly, June 2008, page 18.
- Speech inducting Bill Gross into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame
- New York Times article on Gross's stamp collecting
- The Bill Gross' Way of Making Money (Market Thoughts)
- The William Gross Stamp Collection
- Gross auction at Shreves Philatelic Galleries
- Bill Gross interviewed by American business news journalist Consuelo Mack