David Gardner Profile

Armed with a solid handle on fifth grade math and an amateur love of investing instilled in him by his father, David Gardner and his brother, Tom, founded The Motley Fool in 1993, an investment advice newsletter, which has since grown into one of the most beloved financial on-line communities in the world.

David and his work for the Fool helps ordinary people grow their wealth through making educated investments rather than becoming sheep on Wall Street. He is also the inventor of Motley Fool CAPS, a revolutionary service which pools the resources of the Motley Fool Community to help you identify the best stocks at the best times to buy them — and which stocks to avoid.

Since 1999, David has been a member of the NYSE’s Individual Investors Advisory Committee. Since 2004, he has served on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. His top stock picks can be read in the recently launched online newsletter, “Supernova” which puts his suggestions into two portfolios: “Odyssey” for aggressive investors and “Phoenix” for people closer to retirement.

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    David Gardner, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988.

    With many ideas, no regrets, and a solid handle on fifth grade math, he founded The Motley Fool as a humble printed newsletter in July 1993 with his brother Tom. In 1994, they set their sights on, The Motley Fool’s website. Today, the Fool has grown into an international multi-media network offering financial solutions to millions of individuals worldwide seeking to make better financial decisions and improve their overall quality of life.

    Tom and David have co-authored several best-selling books, including The Motley Fool Investment Guide, You Have More Than You Think, and The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. They also oversee The Motley Fool’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, which appears weekly in more than 250 papers, pen their monthly investing newsletter David and Tom Gardner’s Motley Fool Stock Advisor, and host The Motley Fool Radio Show, which airs nationally on more than 100 NPR member stations. David appears frequently in the media and as a featured speaker across the country.

    David serves as co-chairman of the board of The Motley Fool. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his family, following Tar Heels basketball, and reminding younger brother Tom that, though he is older, he has more hair.

    “David Gardner’s enthusiasm was infectious. Our members thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and his message.”
    NASBIC and the Venture Capital Institute

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Motley Fool Co-founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner is one of the country’s most respected and trusted sources on investing. David brings a long history of smart investment choices to the stage including early calls on and Genuine and informative, his presentations unpack the same clear-cut principles he uses to make key stock decisions, as he illustrates each one with entertaining true-life stories and examples.

The 10 Things We Should've Learned in School About Money
Think about what you learned in school: The Pythagorean theorem. The Gettysburg Address. Music. Art. These are important things to learn about; however, sometimes we’re taught them in lieu of a subject central to everything we do—money. In their most frequently requested speech, David and Tom Gardner take the audience through a list of simple financial lessons to fix the bad habits (credit-card debt; managed mutual funds) and begin the good (investing for our future). Along the way, they put the financial world in its proper context, explain the at times confusing terminology of the financial world and give audiences the confidence and clarity to make good, sound investment choices.

From the Front Lines: Today’s Top Workplace and Business Trends
Not only are David and Tom Gardner media entrepreneurs who created an extraordinary service and a formidable business with The Motley Fool, but they’ve also been students of the game of business, following the corporate world like sports fanatics. In building The Motley Fool, they have created a business and a workplace that are the envy of employers everywhere—including recognition such as being named one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Work” by Washington Business Journal and the #1 “Media Business to Work For” by Business Insider beating out ESPN, Disney and Turner Broadcasting. Their passion for business trends and for being creating a workplace that people are proud of combined with the brothers' distinct ability to deliver the obscure and esoteric in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner makes for an informative and entertaining presentation on almost any business topic specifically suited to your organization.

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Books by David Gardner:


The Motley Fool’s Money After 40: Building Wealth for a Better Life
With their famous wit, seasoned advice, and impeccable business savvy, the bestselling financial duo shows baby boomers how to build wealth and security—and how to afford anything they want when the work is done.

Whether retirement is on the distant horizon or right under your nose, The Motley Fool’s Money After 40 is for anyone who wants a stable future free from financial anxiety. Baby boomers will learn how to fortify their portfolios to weather any economic climate and live the life they want regardless of the market’s peaks and valleys.

Applying the principles of commonsense money management, David and Tom Gardner first explain how to predict what you will need and desire when you stop working. Do you want to volunteer in the community? Do you want the resources to turn a hobby into a small business? Do you want to build an addition to your house for grandchildren? In plain language, the Gardners guide you in creating realistic financial goals. From owning the right size home to affording sufficient health coverage, from sending your kids to college to taking that exotic vacation, The Motley Fool’s Money After 40 explains how to:

    • Organize your finances to preserve the funds you already have
    • Master estate planning
    • Create and protect wealth for your children and grandchildren
    • Live a healthy, productive life free from anxiety and spiced with adventure

Using real-life examples and action plans that eliminate the drudgery of managing your income, David and Tom Gardner will help you understand exactly how to draw up financial plans sturdy enough to transport dreams. Designed to simultaneously educate, amuse, and enrich the reader, The Motley Fool’s Money After 40 is a one-stop financial guidebook for gilding your golden years.

The good life is within your reach under the tutelage of the Fools.


The Motley Fools Rule Breakers Rule Makers: The Foolish Guide To Picking Stocks
From the bestselling authors of The Motley Fool Investment Guide and its successful, savvy prequel, The Motley Fool’s You Have More Than You Think, here’s an engaging, humorous, and practical stock-picking guide, packed with Foolish insights, that caps off this invaluable personal finance trilogy from David and Tom Gardner.

The Motley Fool’s Rule Breakers, Rule Makers presents the sophisticated, yet easy-to-understand stock-picking methods that have kept the Motley Fool portfolio beating the Standard & Poor’s averages by more than 30 percent. The key is investing in small start-up companies that have historically offered the greatest investment returns (the “rule breakers”) as well as huge companies that maintain legal monopolies in their fields (the “rule makers”). The Gardner brothers explain

    • How to identify the best investments in today’s public markets: the rule breakers and the rule makers
    • The definition of a “tweener”—a maturing rule breaker—and how to detect the Tweener Death Rattle
    • When to buy and when to sell, and how to manage your portfolio on a regular basis

In their first two books, the Fools got you started in investing and freed you from the fees and worries that Wall Street’s Wise Men have been imposing on investors for decades. Now, by sharing their methods for picking rule breakers and rule makers, they guide you through a stock market that has seen company valuations soar to unprecedented heights and that promises to continue providing roller-coaster thrills. The Motley Fools are the ultimate companions to bring along for a safe, fun, and profitable ride.

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