Mariusz Skonieczny is the founder of Classic Value Investors and MicroCap Explosions and creator of Value Investing University. He is also the author of 11 books on the subject of investing. MicroCap Explosions is a private membership website where I share my investment ideas with the members.
I am a professional investor meaning that I make most of my money from investing my own money. I make a little bit of money from books and MicroCap Explosions but this is nothing compared to the money that I make investing.
I graduated Indiana University in 2003 with a finance degree. From 2003 to 2008, I was in the commercial real estate industry as an appraiser and broker. During the 2008/2009 financial crisis, I left the industry to start Classic Value Investors.
In 2009, I started with $10,000. In 2019, my account reached $1.1 million. Coronavirus knocked it down to $500,000. So from 2009 to 2019, my investment return was about 100x. By March of 2021, my account reached $4 million so that makes it 400x. I don’t really know how this compares to the Dow or S&P because I don’t look at them. By not comparing myself to the indexes helps me stay focused on my own investments.
While my return from 2009 to 2021 is impressive, don’t think that it was all straight up. It was hugely volatile. For more information on how volatile it was read the following article.