Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett's indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. His notion of "elementary, worldly wisdom"--a set of interdisciplinary mental models involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management--allows him to keep his emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment.
Tren Griffin works at Microsoft. Previously, he was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm controlled by Craig McCaw, with investments in the telecommunication and software industries, including McCaw Cellular, Nextel, Nextel Partners, XO Communications, Teledesic, and many start-up firms. His early career included five years working and living as a business consultant in Korea and Australia. Tren blogs about investing and other topics at 25iq.com. He is the author of The Global Negotiator: Building Strong Business Relationships Anywhere in the World; Korea, The Tiger Economy; Taiwan's Economy; Ah Mo: Legends from the Northwest; and More Ah Mo.