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IVA Founder Charles de Vaulx Has Died

The respected value manager died in an apparent suicide, police said.

Charles de Vaulx, an iconoclastic value manager who co-founded IVA Funds after working for many years with investing legend Jean-Marie Eveillard, has died in an apparent suicide, the New York City Police Department confirmed Monday evening.

De Vaulx, 59, entered IVA offices at 717 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, the department’s public information office said in an email. Responders pronounced him dead at the scene at 1:05 p.m. The police said detectives are still investigating de Vaulx's passing, but do not suspect any criminal activity.

The death of de Vaulx shocked and saddened former colleagues and others who knew him for his uncompromising investment style that prioritized buying stocks at deep discounts or not at all. He was renowned and revered across the industry for his investing acumen and opinionated views on individual companies and the market in general. IVA, the firm he formed in 2008 with former colleagues from First Eagle funds, had struggled in recent years, however. His passing comes little more than a month after IVA abruptly announced it would liquidate its funds and close shop.

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