Ep 99. Tom Gardner: For the Long Run
“Invest in what interests you.”
Tom Gardner is CEO of The Motley Fool, a company he co-founded with his brother, David, in 1993. In 2014 and 2015, Glassdoor ranked The Motley Fool the #1 place to work in the U.S. for companies with between 250-1000 employees. Gardner strives to create an environment at work where their employees have autonomy and where there are as few as possible mandates from the top; an environment where everyone can thrive. The Motley Fool allows employees to select some of their personal benefits (like haircuts) in addition to the standard healthcare and 401K package. They offer employees $200 as an incentive to ask for a raise. Tom is lead advisor on Motley Fool One -- the company's all-access service. He manages The Everlasting Portfolio, which committed to holding every investment for more than five years, and to date has beaten the market soundly since its inception. Tom is a graduate of Brown University.
In this episode, Stew and Tom talk about why most of us are not taught about the basics of financial literacy and The Motley Fool’s commitment to helping people understand money, investing, planning for their future, and becoming financially secure in order to have more choices in life. Tom discusses the keys to success in investing as well as how The Motley Fool strives to help all its stakeholders -- starting with its employees -- feel cared for, in the long run, and achieve real autonomy so they can thrive in all aspects of life.