James B. Rogers is a legendary investor who co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros that returned 3,365% from 1 January 1970 to 31 December 1980. This is a compounded annual return of 38%. In the same period, the S&P 500 returned 47%.
Rogers, born on 19 October 1942 in Alabama, subsequently retired from fund management and toured the world twice on a motorbike and an adapted Mercedes convertible, driving more than 245,000 miles and visiting 116 countries.
Rogers has since turned into a celebrated commentator who is not afraid to speak out against the wisdom of the herd. Rogers, who calls himself the worst market timer of the world, employs a long term top-down approach, investing in whole countries, industries or commodities. He has repeatedly called for an abolition of the Federal Reserve, saying that the first two central banks of the USA had failed too.