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    How Mentoring Relationships Helped Create the Thornburg International Value Fund


    William ‘Bill’ Fries is managing director of Thornburg International Value Fund, one of America’s top fund managers, with a portfolio currently worth over US$450,000,000. He is quoted in Coaching and Mentoring by Jane Renton as saying, “I benefited greatly from [mentoring relationships]”.

    Indeed, it was the inspiration and guidance from his mentors that saw Bill adopt the can-do attitude and commitment that led to him being him named Morningstar’s International Fund Manager of the Year in 2003 and awarded BusinessWeek’s Excellence Fund Management Award in both 2004 and 2005. As a result of making the most of guidance relationships where he could be honest about himself and receive honest feedback in return, Bill now has more than 30 years of investment management experience under his belt and is still going strong.

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