Since public markets have existed, there have been occurrences where new and existing owners fight for control of the business. In many cases, these boardroom disputes are resolved with marginal friction. But, sometimes these corporate raiders and take-overs result in drama stories and intense learning experiences. Today, we have an incredible guest on the show and his name is Jeff Gramm. Jeff owns his own hedge fund and is also an adjunct professor a Columbia Business School, where he teaches Benjamin Gramm and Buffett Style value investing. Jeff is the author of the book, Dear Chairman, which is an incredible account of some of this biggest boardroom battles that have happened in America. He profiles, boardroom battles from investors like Benjamin Graham, Buffett, Ross Perot, Carl Icahn and many other. In the middle of the interview, we ask Jeff about an interesting story that happened to him where Warren Buffett mailed him a signed copy of his own book and let him know how much he enjoyed reading.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the management often doesn’t represent the shareholder’s interest
  • How billionaire investors like Warren Buffett practice shareholders activism
  • What retail investors can do if they’re not satisfied with the management
  • How concentrated your stock portfolio should be

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Books and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast

Jeff Gramm’s book, Dear Chairman – Read reviews of the book

Preston and Stig’s podcast episode about shareholder activist Carl Icahn

Preston and Stig’s podcast episode about the book investing best-selling “You can be a Stock Market Genius.”