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March 2, 2023

Tom Gayer - A Discussion with Markel's CEO

Tom Gayer - A Discussion with Markel's CEO
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Tom Gayner stops by The Business Brew to discuss a number of things. You can see the detailed show notes for specifics, below the stratosphere.io sponsor copy. In summation, Bill has wanted to interview Tom for a long time but didn’t know how to make the interview unique. We think this interview covers some topics Tom has not discussed elsewhere.

Please consider attending Markel’s annual meeting. On Wednesday, May 17th, from 9-10:30 the good folks at Robotti and Co. are hosting an investor panel. There will be 8-12 “best ideas” presented. The Markel annual meeting will follow that event. Food, music, and beer will follow the Markel annual meeting.

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Detailed Show Notes -

5:00 – The goal of the Markel annual event

7:30 – Tom’s background

9:35 – Blue capital and orange capital

17:05 – Creating dealflow and how long that takes

20:10 – Learning how to delegate

24:55 – What happened with the ILS transactions

33:20 – Searching New Highs and New Lows

38:40 – How investing at Markel does or does not impact Tom’s investing style

34:20 – The intertwining of Berkshire, Markel, and The Davis Funds

43:50 – The importance of relationships

48:40 – The Big Lebowski

49:10 – What traveling to India has taught Tom

56:25 – Decisions in March 2020 and how being at Markel impacted Tom

1:02:20 – How was the transition from Co-CEO to CEO

1:05:40 – How to be a deserving spouse

Book Mention:

The Way We Live Now