David Gardner (The Motley Fool)

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David Gardner (born May 16, 1966) is an American entrepreneur and one of the three founders of The Motley Fool.

Early life and education[edit]

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship, graduating in 1988.[1] He also attended the Saint Albans School, Washington, D.C., before going on to St. Mark's School in Southboro, MA, and graduated from there.


He was a writer for Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street newsletter before joining the Motley Fool.[2] David is the lead advisor on The Motley Fool Rule Breakers advisory service, and co-lead with his brother Tom on The Motley Fool Stock Advisor, the company's flagship subscription offering. His investment philosophy favors passive long-term holding of dynamic growth stocks.

He is also the inventor of Motley Fool CAPS, a site that features the community intelligence of 75,000+ ranked stock pickers drawn mainly from The Motley Fool Community.

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Tom Gardner. The Gardner brothers have co-authored several books, including The Motley Fool Investment Guide, You Have More Than You Think, Rule Breakers, Rule Makers,[3] The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens, and the Million Dollar Portfolio.


  1. ^ "Alumni Speaker Series: David Gardner '88". The Morehead-Cain Network. Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  2. ^ "David Gardner and Tom Gardner". Universal Press Syndicate, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  3. ^ "Interview: The Motley Fool's David Gardner Talks About Stock-Market Investing". Get Rich Slowly. 15 January 2009.

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