Investor Video: Fund of Funds Investor, Michael van Biema of van Biema Value Partners, on Due Diligence and Advice for Hedge Fund Managers


June 25, 2015

In partnership with $ Bytes we’re featuring a series of video interviews with top global investors. This time we’re excited to present Michael van Biema,  the founder and managing principal of van Biema Value Partners,  a SEC-registered investment adviser established in 2004, specializing in creating portfolios of small, deep value-oriented hedge funds around the globe.


Four questions that Michael asks when conducting investment due diligence on hedge fund managers:


Fairytales, show and tell, and how well do you know your book?


Discipline the upside down “p”


The only way you are going to make money in this business


Advice that both new hedge fund mangers and seasoned investors can benefit from (the answer might not be what you expect)


Michael van Biema Bio

Michael was previously a faculty member of Columbia Business School from 1992 to 2004, where he taught value investing, general corporate finance, capital markets, securities analysis, and entrepreneurial finance in both the regular and executive MBA programs. He also served as director of a multi-year, multi-million dollar research project into productivity in the service sector funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Michael received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty of Columbia Business School, he was involved in several startup ventures.


Michael is the author of numerous publications, including an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Managing Productivity in the Service Sector” (Summer 1998), and co-author of the book Value Investing from Graham to Buffett and Beyond (Wiley, June 2001), and continues to lecture internationally on value investing.

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