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10 of the Best Mutual Fund Managers Around

Recognizing some of the greatest stock fund managers of all time.

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At Morningstar, we focus most of our efforts on figuring out which funds have the best prospects for the next 10 years or longer. After all, what everyone wants is funds that will outperform and get them to their goals. The culmination of that effort is our  Fund Analyst Picks list.

Today I aim to go in a different direction in order to recognize some of the very best domestic-stock fund managers who have served investors well over the years. Not all are Fund Analyst Picks because their funds may be too bloated, their expenses too high, or there could be some other reason. In short, below are 10 of the best managers. I wrote 10 of the best rather than the 10 best because there are other great managers I just couldn't fit in, and, after all, this is just my opinion--each of my colleagues would come up with a slightly different list.

I looked for managers who produced an outstanding return and employed a creative, original strategy in a way that would benefit a lot of investors by avoiding extreme volatility and producing strong returns even after assets swelled.

Russel Kinnel does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.