Charles Brandes is one of the more closely followed value investors working today, as well being a disciple of the Benjamin Graham school of value investing. Brandes Investment Partners, which was started in 1974, currently has over $52.9 billion under management and is based in San Diego, California. In the Forbes 400 Richest Americans publication for 2007, Brandes ranked 165. He has been a CFA charterholder for more than 25 years. Brandes met Ben Graham in San Diego while he was training to be a stockbroker. He was able to learn firsthand the techniques Graham used to determine undervalued investment securities.