Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb

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Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb based in New York City is the investment firm founded in 1969 by William J. Ruane and Richard T. Cunniff. The firm's flagship Sequoia Fund (SEQUX) has recorded one of the best long-term track records on Wall Street since its inception in 1970, and has been closed to new investors since 2013.[1][2][3] RCG manages $30 billion in assets across the Sequoia Fund, hedge fund partnerships and private accounts.[4] Robert D. Goldfarb is the Chairman, and David Poppe is President.

Sequoia Fund

Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb is best known as the investment advisor and distributor of the Sequoia Fund (SEQUX). The history of the Sequoia Fund traces its roots to the late Bill Ruane's lifelong friendship with Warren Buffett. Bill Ruane first met Buffett at a value investing seminar taught by Benjamin Graham at Columbia University in 1950. When Buffett closed his investment partnership in 1969, he advised his clients to invest with Ruane in the Sequoia Fund. In 1970, William J. Ruane and Richard T. Cunniff founded the Sequoia Fund to take on Buffett's former investors.[5][6][7] Robert Goldfarb joined the firm in 1971.

In The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville, Buffett wrote, "When I wound up the Buffett Partnership, I asked Bill Ruane if he would set up a fund to handle all of our partners, so he set up the Sequoia Fund...Bill was the only person I recommended to my partners."[8] During his search for a candidate to succeed him as chief investment officer of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett said, "I'm looking for another Bill Ruane." [9]

In the 45-year period from its inception in 1970 to 2015, the Sequoia Fund earned an annualized return of 14.65% versus the S&P 500's annualized return of 10.93%.[10] According to Morningstar, Sequoia Fund outperformed its large-cap blend-category peers in 332 of the 333 rolling 10-year periods dating back to its 1970 start.[11] The fund closed to new investment in 1982 and reopened 26 years later in 2008.[12] In 2010, Morningstar named co-managers Robert D. Goldfarb and David M. Poppe Domestic-Stock Fund Managers of the Year in recognition of the excellent long-term performance of the Sequoia Fund.[13][14] As of 2013, the Sequoia Fund is once again closed to new investors.[15]


  1. "Sequoia Fund Sticks to What Works". Wall Street Journal. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  2. "Legendary Sequoia Fund opens its doors to new investors". Seattle Times. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  3. "Sequoia Grows to the Sky". Barron's. 2015-05-31. .
  4. "Ruane, Cunniff, and Goldfarb". Credio. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  5. "Cutting Buffett Helps Sequoia Fund Top Value Investor Rankings". Bloomberg Business. 2015-05-31. 
  6. "Sequoia Fund’s Deep Ties To Warren Buffett Still Paying Off". Barron's. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  7. "For Sequoia, Life After Warren Buffett Is Sweet". Bloomberg Business. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  8. "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville" (PDF). Columbia Business School. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  9. "Want to Be Next Warren Buffett? The Line Forms in Nebraska". Wall Street Journal. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  10. "Sequoia Fund Inc. Investment Return Table". 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-28. .
  11. "Legendary Sequoia Fund opens its doors to new investors". Seattle Times. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. .
  12. "Storied Sequoia Fund to reopen, but has the glory gone?". .
  13. "2010 Morningstar Press release". .
  14. "Morningstar names top fund managers for 2010". .
  15. "Sequoia Fund Letter to Shareholders" (PDF). .

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