Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager
After winning the Fool’s first online portfolio management contest, called Port Folly, Jeff joined The Motley Fool in 1996 as co-manager of the original long/short Fool Portfolio on Fool.com with company co-founders David and Tom Gardner. From 2008-2018, he served as the founder and manager of the long/short Motley Fool Pro, a real-money subscription newsletter service, and from 2009 to 2018, he was also the founder and lead advisor of Motley Fool Options.
Prior to that, Jeff co-managed the Motley Fool Rule Breaker Portfolio with David Gardner, edited The Motley Fool Investment Guide, wrote Investing Without a Silver Spoon, and contributed to many other Motley Fool bestselling books. Jeff has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CNBC, CNBC Asia, MSN, Channel News Asia, and in Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Transcript, The Washington Post, and other media outlets.
Jeff attributes part of his investing success to a drive to always keep learning; humility to admit and learn from mistakes; caring for the investors he works for; and justifiably believing in the potential of the strongest companies he finds, while remembering that struggling companies most often go on struggling. Jeff lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.