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Bill Gates: A Peek inside His Portfolio

|Includes:AutoNation Inc (AN), CNI, COST, FDC-OLD, MSFT, TV

Bill Gates is the second wealthiest man on earth, narrowly trailing Carlos Slim Helu.  Gates’ fortune is estimated to be an astounding $53 billion and has grown by $14 billion since 2009, reflecting solid investment decisions and steady growth. As you know, the bulk of his money was made in a little software company named Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), which has steadily grown to become the most successful computer software company of all time. 

Managing billions of dollars takes skill; in recent years Gates began strategically diversifying his investment portfolio with a variety of stocks, bonds and various investment companies.  He has also formed a philanthropic organization known as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF), the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, created to ease poverty and enhance healthcare worldwide.  The foundation is highly esteemed by the world's third wealthiest man, investor Warren Buffett, who not only sits on the board of directors but has pledged the majority of his fortune to the B&MGF. 

With billions in the bank, the stock market is an endless buffet of money making options. So how does Bill Gates invest capital in stocks?  As you can imagine, any stocks chosen by Gates must go through an extensive screening process to be deemed worthy. This would be particularly the case now with Buffett on the board. Let's take a look at several of Gate's prime holdings and their performance:

AutoNation (NYSE:AN) This U.S. car dealer has soared more than 33% in the last six months.  This is including a 10.8% gain in the third quarter of 2010.

Costco Wholesale (NYSE: COST) The wholesale big box retailer has climbed 16.6% over the last six months.  This includes a 3.9% gain in the third quarter of 2010.

Grupo Televisa (NYSE: TV) This Mexican media company has gained 25.5% in the last six months; 22.9% of this increase was in the last quarter.

Canadian National Railway (NYSE: CNI) The railway company is up 11.5% in the last six months.  However, price has fallen back 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010.

Fedex (NYSE:FDX) Has gained 12.4% in the last six months with 6.4% growth in the third quarter of 2010.

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