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William J. Ruane

Sequoia Fund

1970 - 2005


Military ServiceNavy
1970 b. 1925
GraduateMBA, Harvard University
Born-Died1925 - 2005
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1970

Through his strong analytical skills and conservative, bottom-line driven investing approach, Ruane became one of the most successful fund managers on Wall Street. Over the past thirty years, Raune’s value-based investing approach has achieved stellar returns, often far outpacing the S&P 500 performance. In a surprising move, Ruane closed the Sequoia Fund in 1982. Though he could have easily taken on more investors and grown the firm, Ruane believed that doing so would dilute his effectiveness for his current clientele.