David smiles for the camera outside his home in Washington, D.C.

David Gardner ’88

David Gardner ’88 is the co-founder of The Motley Fool. He established the financial services company in 1993, along with his brother and a friend. David is incredibly successful at picking stocks, and he’s known among the Morehead-Cain community for a legendary SEVEN talk at the 2009 Alumni Forum where he picked seven stocks alumni should’ve invested in right then. If someone in the audience had invested $1,000 across those seven stocks that day, they’d have more than $13,000 today. And that is not a fluke or a lucky break. David picks successful stocks like these literally every day.

In our conversation, we talked about the story of The Motley Fool, how David learned about stocks, and what he wishes everyone knew about financial investing. David’s energy is palpable, and his optimism irresistible. This was a fun conversation by any standards—and way more fun than you’d expect a conversation about stocks to be!

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