Charles Brandes:
On Independent Thinking
and the Enduring Principles
of Value Investing

About Charles Brandes

A native of Pennsylvania, Charles Brandes moved to California in the late 1960s for advanced studies after graduating from Bucknell University with a BA in Economics.

After working several years as a broker and analyst in Southern California, Mr. Brandes founded an investment management practice in 1974 specializing in global value investing. The company—Brandes Investment Partners—offers a variety of distinct value-oriented investment strategies, mutual funds and other investment products to individual and institutional clients worldwide.

Mr. Brandes authored “Brandes on Value: the Independent Investor” (published November 2014), which offers real-world examples and time-tested perspectives on Graham-and-Dodd value investing principles. In May 2015, Mr. Brandes’ accomplishments in the financial services industry—especially in the value investing world—led him to receive two lifetime achievement awards: one from the London Value Investor Conference and another from his alma mater Bucknell University.

Brandes Investment Partners, L.P.

Mr. Brandes met Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing, when he was working as a broker—an encounter that marked a turning point in Mr. Brandes’ investment career. The two became acquaintances and after meeting several more times to discuss the virtues of value investing, it was clear to Mr.Brandes that to focus on this investment discipline, he would need to work independently.

More than 40 years later, Brandes Investment Partners has never wavered from this straightforward, value stock selection approach, building portfolios one company at a time to help clients pursue their long-term investment objectives.