|Guy Selmar Spier|
February 4, 1966 |
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
|Nationality||South African, Israeli, German|
|Alma mater||City of London Freemen's School
Harvard Business School
|Occupation||Investor, Aquamarine Fund, Author|
Guy Spier is a Zurich-based investor and author of a book on investing entitled The Education of a Value Investor. He is well known for bidding US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett in June 2007. In 2009, he was featured in "the Checklist Manifesto", by Atul Gawande regarding his use of checklists as part of his investment process.
Spier manages the Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after Warren Buffett's 1950s investment partnerships. He is also an occasional financial commentator in the media.
In 2016 Spier, along with Phil Town and Matthew Peterson successfully petitioned Judge Sontchi at the Delaware Court of Bankruptcy to form an official committee of equity holders of Horsehead Corporation - which had filed for bankruptcy earlier that year.
Spier serves as the chair and founder of the Weizmann Science and Business Club. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board and also serves on advisory boards of Value Conferences; and of Zurich Minds.
From 2007 to 2009, Spier served on the Advisory Board of the Dakshana Foundation.
In spring 2010, Spier with Peter Hogenkamp and Tim Dührkoop co-founded TEDxZurich.
Farmer Mac, Allied Capital and Eliot Spitzer
In 2003, Spier became the target, along with David Einhorn, Bill Ackman, and Whitney Tilson, of investigations by Eliot Spitzer, then the New York Attorney General, as well as by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding short sales of Farmer Mac, MBIA corp and Allied Capital. The melt down of these companies during the late-2000s financial crisis vindicated their short thesis and was the subject of books by Ackman and Einhorn.
Education and background
Spier was educated in England at City of London Freemen's School. From 1988 - 1990, Spier worked with David Pitt-Watson at Braxton Associates, which later became Deloitte Consulting. In 1991, he was an intern at the European Commission in Brussels. He completed his MBA at the Harvard Business School, class of 1993 with Mark Pincus, Chris Hohn and Sherry Coutu. He holds a First Class degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) from Oxford University where he studied at Brasenose College.
Spier is related to the Lazard banking family through his great great grandmother, Johanna Lazard. He is also a former resident of Tuxedo Park, New York, the village constructed by Pierre Lorillard in the late 1800s, where he lived in the Bruce Price Cottage. He is a member of Entrepreneurs' Organization and of the Young Presidents Organization.
- Spier, Guy. The Education of a Value Investor. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 1137278811.
- "Buffett Charity Auction Winners Gain More Than Just Steak Lunch". Bloomberg. June 29, 2009.
- "Book Review: 'The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right".
- "Guy Spier says no reason to be scared of US financials". Washington Post. October 31, 2011.
- "Horsehead Shareholders win court fight".
- "The Hedge Fund Witch Hunt: Eliot Spitzer's latest investigation is pursuing the wrong guys.". Slate Magazine. Feb 13, 2003.
- "MBIA falls 13% after Moody's cuts rating Two-notch downgrade was more than some expected; Ambac cut to Aa". MarketWatch. June 20, 2008.
- Christine Richard. Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street's Bluff.
- Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long, Short Story, David Einhorn: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470073942.html
- Catherine Mayer (September 11, 2008). "David Cameron: UK's Next Leader?". Time Magazine.
- "Descendents of Wolf Speyer Spier, Merzhausen" (PDF).
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- Interview with the BBC World Service about the Buffett Lunch
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