Martin J. Whitman (b.1924) is an American investment advisor. He is the founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Third Avenue Management, and Portfolio Manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund.
Born to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York, Whitman served in the navy during World War II and attended college on the G.I. Bill. He graduated with bachelor’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a master’s in economics from the New School of Social Research.
Whitman is the author of The Aggressive Conservative Investor (2005,) Value Investing—A Balanced Approach (2000,) Distress Investing: Principles and Technique (2009,) and the popular Modern Security Analysis: Understanding Wall Street Fundamentals (2013.)
Whitman is the benefactor of Syracuse University, which renamed its School of Management after him.
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