Kenneth L. Fisher

Kenneth L. Fisher
Business Leader
Economics Class of 1972

Kenneth L. Fisher
Woodside, CA

Kenneth L. Fisher is one of the world's leading financial advisors. Fisher Investments—the global money management firm he founded less than a decade after graduating from HSU—manages more than $35 billion for Fortune 500 companies, prominent institutions and affluent individuals.

Fisher is #297 on the 2006 Forbes "400 Richest People in America" list, with a $1.3 billion net worth. Beyond serving as Fisher Investments' CEO, Ken is a prolific author. His Portfolio Strategy column has run in Forbes magazine for 22 years—making Fisher the fifth longest-running columnist in the magazine's 89-year history. He has written four finance books, including his new New York Times Business Bestseller, The Only Three Questions that Count (Investing by Knowing What Others Don't), which was released in December of 2006.

Fisher is also regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on 19th century logging and has documented more than 35 abandoned logging camps in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains. Fisher's passion for redwoods led him to endow the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at HSU. It is the first named chair in Humboldt State's history and the first endowed chair in the world devoted to a single species of tree. Fisher's gift supports redwood ecology research at Humboldt State University in perpetuity by releasing a Humboldt State professor from half of his or her teaching schedule so that he or she can focus on redwood-related research.

Ken and his wife, Sherrilyn Fisher, have been married for 36 years and have three adult sons.

Leader of a major company, famous author and columnist, father, husband Ken Fisher clearly has a lot on his plate. How does he manage to stay so productive? "I relaxed once and I never want to go through that again," Fisher says with a wry smile.