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Honoring William E. Simon Jr. and the Benjamin Graham Value Investing Program

By: Darcy O’Brien

It is always a pleasure when I can highlight the significant achievements of our Simon Quick team members. Partner Emeritus, William E. Simon Jr. co-founded UCLA’s Value Investing Program with Professor Andrew Atkeson in 2018. Because UCLA does not offer an undergraduate major or minor in this particular field of study, the Value Investing Program is an attractive opportunity for hundreds of UCLA undergraduates who are interested in investing careers.

Now in its second year the Economics Department is delighted to announce the renaming of its undergraduate Value Investing Program after the field’s pre-eminent pioneer, Benjamin Graham. With the concurrence and encouragement of Mr. Graham’s son, Dr. Benjamin Graham, Jr., the program is now known as the Benjamin Graham Value Investing Program.

In announcing the name change Mr. Simon shared that “Shortly after the naming, I received an encouraging letter from Mr. Graham's star pupil, Warren Buffett, who wrote: ‘Ben was the best teacher I ever had. He made things come alive in the classroom in many ingenious ways.’” Aligning the program name with the ‘father of value investing,’ speaks to the program’s mission at the core of value investing - a commitment to objectivity and rationality.

Join us in celebrating this outstanding achievement by attending a webinar featuring Professor Simon Board speaking on the topic: Competitive Advantage in the Information Age with closing remarks by William E. Simon Jr. For more information, please visit: https://economics.ucla.edu/benjamin-graham-chair-inauguration.

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About Darcy O'Brein

Ms. O’Brien works in our New York City office and joined the firm in 2015, bringing with her 7 years of experience in the financial services industry. As Chief Marketing Officer Darcy is responsible for marketing, media relations, website management, event coordination and social media initiatives. Additionally, Darcy is regularly tasked with the creation and management of marketing materials and liaising with relationship managers and partners to produce content for Simon Quick’s audience. Learn more about Darcy on LinkedIn.


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